Midcounties Co-operative has presented Teenage Cancer Trust with a cheque for £550,000 to help fund over 20,000 hours of care for young people, celebrating the end of its two-year partnership with the charity.
A special event was held to honour the work of the charity and the fantastic fundraising support provided by the society’s staff and customers since 2013. Midcounties also unveiled its new legacy project to help identify the signs of cancer in young people, as part of its on-going commitment to be the best provider of healthcare services for its local communities.
Posters will be displayed in all of its Co-operative Pharmacy branches, and colleagues will be trained to help educate people on the most common signs of cancer found in those aged 13-24, and to encourage them to talk to a healthcare professional if they have any concerns.
The society hit its half a million pounds fundraising target with a combination of activity including bag packs, long distance bike rides and walks and fancy dress competitions. Teenage Cancer Trust is now using the money to provide 20,000 hours of specialist care from lead nurses who are experts in teenage and young adult cancer.
Ben Reid, chief executive at Midcounties, said: “It’s thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of our colleagues and customers that we are able to present Teenage Cancer Trust with a cheque for £550,000 to support the tremendous work that they do for young people.
“Our commitment to the charity doesn’t end now that our partnership has concluded. We will work tirelessly to educate our local communities on the common signs of cancer amongst those aged 13-24 and play our part to help enhance the chances of survival amongst young people.”
Annmarie Carey, corporate account manager at Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “It was great to hear about all the fantastic activities and events that colleagues took part in to help raise £550,000 for the charity. This will provide a significant boost to the care and support we can provide to young people living with cancer, and we thank the Midcounties Co-operative for its on-going commitment to support us.”