Thursday 16th October 2014

UK

The two organisations have worked together throughout 2013 and 2014 to raise the amount which includes both staff and customer fundraising, with much of the money raised by customers opting to make a 10p donation at the end of their purchase.

Simon Coble, General Manager, The Body Shop (UK) said:

Teenage Cancer Trust has become part of The Body Shop family over the last couple of years and we’re delighted to have smashed all fundraising targets raising over £1,000,000 for this fantastic charity. It’s testament to the generosity of our customers and the passion of employees who have fundraised tirelessly across the UK, from personal challenges to team activities. Making a difference is part of The Body Shop’s DNA, and we’re thrilled that partnership has been able to make such a difference to the lives of so many young people with cancer.

The partnership, originally intended to run for just 1 year and raise £250,000, ran for two years and quadrupled its fundraising target. Activities included the headline sponsorship of charity’s annual flagship concert series at the Royal Albert Hall, donations from the sale of brush kits and other products, staff challenges and many inspiring in-store fundraising days which have seen staff dressing up and wearing wigs to support young people with cancer.

Siobhan Dunn, Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust said:

This has been an absolutely incredible partnership and we’ve been overwhelmed by the support from The Body Shop staff and customers and I would like to say a huge THANK YOU for raising a staggering £1million! We rely on donations and you’re enabling us to support so many more young people with cancer.

The Body Shop and Teenage Cancer Trust are both committed to changing lives through passionate advocacy and unwavering positivity. Throughout the partnership The Body Shop has been committed to making a real difference by going above and beyond fundraising. The partnership delivered a range of activities for young people with cancer including pampering sessions in the charity’s specialist cancer units across the UK.

For press enquiries please contact the Teenage Cancer Trust media team: Michelle Saxby, 020 7612 0715, michelle.saxby@teenagecancertrust.org

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About The Body Shop:

The Body Shop International plc is the original, naturally-inspired and ethical beauty brand , with over 2,700 stores in over 60 markets worldwide. The Body Shop seeks out wonderful natural ingredients from all four corners of the globe to deliver products bursting with effectiveness, to enhance your natural beauty. By striving to use the planet’s resources wisely, The Body Shop searches for outstanding natural materials and ingredients from across the globe to include in its range of products. The Body Shop is proud to have been the first beauty brand to have brought the benefits of fair trade to the beauty industry through its own unique Community Fair Trade programme, to have introduced 100% recycled packaging, and to raise funds and awareness on key issues of the day, including the sex trafficking of the most vulnerable in our society, children and young people.

About Teenage Cancer Trust:

Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for the seven young people aged between 13 and 24 diagnosed with cancer every day. We build specialist units within NHS hospitals bringing young people together to be treated by teenage cancer experts in a place designed just for them. We want every young person with cancer to have access to this specialist support, no matter where they live. Traditionally treated alongside children or elderly patients at the end of their lives, young people can feel extremely isolated during treatment, some never meeting another young person with cancer. Being treated alongside others their own age can make a huge difference to their whole experience. Teenage Cancer Trust also educates young people and health professionals about cancer to ensure a swift diagnosis and referral to specialist support. Cancer in young people is rare but we want young people to know the common signs and symptoms so they can seek medical advice if they are worried.