Since 2004, retailer TK Maxx has raised over £32.5m towards our work in children’s and young people’s cancers. To celebrate the 15th year of our partnership, TK Maxx has committed to supporting the Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People Children’s Brain Tumour Centre of Excellence. The centre will bring together expert researchers from across the globe to accelerate the development of better treatments and increase the survival and quality of life for children diagnosed with brain tumours.
The retailer has a strong corporate responsibility programme, which aims to create a lasting positive impact in local communities, with a particular focus on helping vulnerable children and young people. Throughout the year, the staff run key campaigns, including Give Up Clothes For Good, where staff and customers donate pre-loved quality clothing, accessories and homeware via special collection points in stores to sell in our Cancer Research UK shops.
To mark the partnership's 10th anniversary in 2014, TK Maxx funded a clinical trial led by Professor Richard Grundy. The international trial aims to improve diagnosis and treatment for children and young people with a rare type of brain tumour called an ependymoma, where better, kinder treatments are urgently needed.
“Ependymoma brain tumours are exceptionally difficult to treat and survival remains low. It’s fantastic that Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx are funding this international trial to help us understand more about the disease in the hope that we can help more children survive with the best quality of life possible.”
Professor Richard Grundy, Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre at the University of Nottingham
TK Maxx also supports our Star Awards nomination scheme, which recognises the courage of children and young people facing cancer.