Monday 29th April 2019
Now in its second year, the fundraising partnership between Teenage Cancer Trust and Young Voices smashed last year’s total of £98,000 to reach an incredible £133,000.
The sum is enough to provide a year’s funding for three full-time specialist Youth Support Coordinators who provide social and emotional support to young people with cancer. It will also fund a YSC's activity budget for a year.
Choirs of up to 8,000 school children entertained audiences in London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Manchester with more than three weeks of concerts.
Roger Daltrey CBE said:
Young Voices do fantastic work to inspire a new generation to find their love for music, something Teenage Cancer Trust feels very passionately about – and which makes this partnership quite special. I hope that everyone who participated in or attended one of these concerts feels very proud of themselves.
An amazing £88,847 was raised by text donations and Teenage Cancer Trust’s volunteer bucket collectors. The remaining £44,560 came from the sale of co-branded charity wristbands.
Ben Lewis, CEO of Young Voices, said:
I am delighted that this year Young Voices has been able to raise such a phenomenal amount of money for Teenage Cancer Trust. The charity makes such a difference to young people with cancer, providing them with crucial care and support at the most challenging of times.
The thousands of young performers were accompanied by a seven-piece live band comprising some of the UK’s leading musicians, backing singers, and internationally acclaimed conductor, David Lawrence.
Jane Ashton, Head of Music and Entertainment, Teenage Cancer Trust, said:
We are so grateful to all the children that took part in the concerts and to our fantastic partner, Young Voices, for their continued support. Teenage Cancer Trust are the only UK charity dedicated to providing specialist nursing and emotional support to young people with cancer, so donations such as this are vital in keeping these services going.