People are being called on to clear out their wardrobes for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
They are being urged to donate any pre-loved quality clothing, accessories and homeware they no longer need to TK Maxx’s Give Up Clothes For Good campaign in support of Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens.
When resold in Cancer Research UK shops, each bag of items donated could raise up to £30 to help fund vital research into new, better and kinder treatments for cancers affecting children and young people.
In the North West, around 175 young people are diagnosed with cancer every year.
Alison Barbuti, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for Manchester and the North West, said: “Pre-loved clothes really could help save more youngsters diagnosed with cancer, which is why we’re asking people to give what they can. All you need to do is fill up a bag and drop it into any TK Maxx store.
“Thanks to research, more children and young people are surviving cancer than ever before. But there’s still so much more to do.
“Around 520 under 25s die from cancer every year. And those who survive can experience long-term side effects, like hearing loss and infertility, that affect them for the rest of their lives.
“Our vision is to bring forward the day when no youngster diagnosed with cancer in Manchester or across the UK dies from cancer – and to ensure that those who survive do so with a good quality of life.
“That’s why we hope as many people as possible will support Give Up Clothes For Good. Every item donated will help bring us one step closer to beating children’s cancers.”
TK Maxx is the biggest corporate supporter of Cancer Research UK’s research into children’s cancers.
Since 2004, the retailer has raised more than £35m for the charity through stock and cash donations.
Of this, over £31mis supporting research into children’s cancers specifically and £4 million supporting general cancer research.
Donated items are being collected from all TK Maxx stores, including in Bolton, Rawtenstall, Bury, Trafford Park, Altrincham, Stockport, Wigan Salford, Cheetham Hill, Cheadle, Leigh, the Arndale, Denton and Oldham
Supporters can also help raise vital funds by buying a gold ribbon pin badge – the symbol for children’s cancers and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – available from TK Maxx and Cancer Research UK stores during September.