Monday 4th March 2019
We're so excited to share that Aldi have reached their £3 million fundraising milestone for Teenage Cancer Trust since partnering with us in 2017!
Two years ago, Aldi set out to raise £5 million in five years for Teenage Cancer Trust. The money raised so far is enough to support an additional 30 specialist nurses, 15 Youth Support Coordinators and four Multi-Discinlinary Coordinators for the charity.
Luke was diagnosed with a germ cell tumour when he was 21 and was supported by Teenage Cancer Trust. Luke said:
I began my treatment at the Teenage Cancer Trust ward, and without being in a place surrounded by people my own age I wouldn’t have got through my treatment so positively. I want to say a huge thank you to Aldi for the money they've raised. Teenage Cancer Trust helped save my life and I can’t speak highly enough of them and the specialised care they offer to young people like me.
Most of the money raised by Aldi was achieved through local initiatives created by employees at the supermarket’s more than 825 stores, including Aldi colleagues joining Team Legend to run the Virgin Money London Marathon and completing a 7,000-mile bike ride.
Donations from the sale of products including Christmas cards and Aldi’s ever-popular Kevin the Carrot soft toys contributed nearly £300,000 of the £3 million total. Additionally, lmost a third of Aldi’s employees have also signed up to a voluntary scheme that allows them to donate a small amount from their monthly wage to Teenage Cancer Trust, which has so far generated more than £30,000.
Fritz Walleczek, Managing Director of Corporate Responsibility at Aldi UK, said:
Our partnership with the Teenage Cancer Trust is incredibly important to us and we’re passionate about doing our bit to help young people who are faced with such a difficult situation. I’m extremely proud of the thousands of Aldi employees who have gone the extra mile – some quite literally – to raise money in support of Teenage Cancer Trust’s important cause.
Commenting on the milestone, Kate Collins, Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust said:
We're incredibly grateful for the passionate and enthusiastic support that Aldi's team and customers are giving to young people with cancer. Every pound raised has been vital in allowing us to protect and grow our specialist service to ensure young people get access to the very best treatment, care and support possible. We’re really looking forward to hitting future milestones together and reaching more young people than ever before.