Since establishing a partnership with Cancer Research UK in 2004, TK Maxx is now the biggest corporate funder of research into children’s cancers in the UK.
Give Up Clothes for Good – celebrating our 10th anniversary
This year we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Give Up Clothes for Good with TK Maxx. Give Up Clothes for Good is the UK’s largest and longest running charity clothing collection raising valuable funds for the treatment and cure of childhood cancers. All of the items donated will be sold in Cancer Research UK shops with all money raised going to help fund research into childhood cancers.
Since 2004, Give Up Clothes for Good has raised over £19.7 million and in 2014 alone collected an amazing 213,169 bags of donated goods. £14.7 million of the money raised by TK Maxx is already funding Cancer Research UK's groundbreaking research into children's cancers.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Give Up Clothes for Good partnership, in September 2014 TK Maxx hosted an exhibition in Central London showcasing a selection of iconic celebrity campaign images from the past decade, shot by world famous photographer Jason Bell.
Give up Clothes for Good continues all year round to help raise further vital funds. To support the campaign, simply fill up a bag with your unwanted clothing, accessories and quality homeware and drop it into any TK Maxx store throughout 2014. Find out more at the TK Maxx website.
Funding our children's cancer research
In addition, to mark this special anniversary, TK Maxx is funding the UK’s participation in an international children’s cancer trial led by Professor Richard Grundy to improve survival for children and young people with a type of brain tumour called ependymoma. These tumours are often aggressive and difficult to treat and better therapies are urgently needed to improve survival and quality of life for young people and their families affected by this devastating disease.
Professor Richard Grundy, from the University of Nottingham, said: “Cancer Research UK has made clinical trials possible that have led to great improvements in treatments for childhood cancers. However, ependymoma brain tumours are exceptionally difficult to treat and survival rates remain poor.
“It’s fantastic that Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx are funding this international clinical trial. Importantly, we will link our new trial to the vital lab work that will help us understand more about the disease in the hope we can help more children survive this type of brain tumour.”
As well as the Give Up Clothes for Good campaign, TK Maxx also generously sponsor our Little Star Awards, recognising the bravery of children in the UK diagnosed with cancer. Find out more information about our Little Stars Awards.
In May 2006, when Leah was only 18 months old, her parents were given the devastating news that she had leukaemia. Leah then started a course of chemotherapy treatment but this had to be stopped due to an infection and she had to be transferred to intensive care.
Spending almost four months in a hospital bed meant Leah lost all muscle tone in her legs and had to learn to walk again.
Fighting every challenge thrown at her, Leah finished her treatment in September 2008 and is now in remission. Leah's mum describes her bravery as amazing, and despite everything she has had to face, Leah kept smiling.
Leah is proud to be part of the Give Up Clothes for Good campaign and hopes to encourage the public to donate their clothing and help beat kid's cancer sooner.