Since establishing a partnership with Cancer Research UK in 2004, TK Maxx has raised over £30 million for the charity through stock and cash donations.
Give Up Clothes for Good
Give Up Clothes for Good is the UK’s longest running clothes collection for Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens. TK Maxx collects unwanted quality clothing, accessories and homeware in dedicated donation points in all their stores. These items are then donated and sold in our Cancer Research UK shops with all money raised going to help beat children’s cancers sooner.
Since 2004, TK Maxx has collected over 1.1 million bags of clothes and raised over £30.3 million for Cancer Research UK. Of that total, £26.3 million has contributed to pioneering research into new, better and kinder treatments for children and young people with cancer, with a further £4 million supporting general cancer research.
Give Up Clothes for Good runs all year round to help raise vital funds for research. To support the campaign, simply fill up a bag with your unwanted quality clothing, accessories and homeware and drop it into any TK Maxx store throughout the year. Find out more at the TK Maxx website.
TK Maxx's Corporate Responsibility Programme
TK Maxx aim to create a lasting positive impact in the communities in which they operate, with a particular focus on helping vulnerable children and young people.
Helping raise funds for research to find new, better and kinder treatments for children with cancer
TK Maxx is the biggest corporate supporter of research into children's cancers for Cancer Research UK. To mark the 10th anniversary of the partnership in 2014, TK Maxx funded a Cancer Research UK 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. These tumours are often difficult to treat, so new, better treatments are urgently needed to improve survival and quality of life for those young people affected by this devastating disease.
Professor Richard Grundy, from the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre at the University of Nottingham, said: “Cancer Research UK funded clinical trials that have led to great improvements in treatments for children’s cancers. However, ependymoma brain tumours are exceptionally difficult to treat and survival remains low. It’s fantastic that Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx are funding the international ependymoma clinical trial which is now running. Importantly, our new trial integrates vital laboratory work that will help us understand more about ependymoma in the hope we can help more children survive this type of brain tumour with the best quality of life possible”.
As well as the Give Up Clothes for Good campaign, TK Maxx also generously sponsors our Star Awards campaign, recognising the strength of children and young people across the UK who have been diagnosed with cancer. Find out more information about our Stars Awards online.
Alyssa Davies, 10, pictured above, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in March 2014. She started chemotherapy and lost her beautiful long hair due to the treatment. She impressed her family with her “get on with it” attitude and continued to attend school as often as possible. She is now doing well and loves being part of the Give Up Clothes For Good campaign: “I think it’s important for us to find more treatments to help more children like me,” she said.