Harrogate residents urged to 'give up clothes for good' to help young people with cancer

People across the Harrogate District are being called on to clear out their wardrobes to help more children and young people survive cancer this September.

Friday, 4th September 2020, 12:30 pm
Updated Friday, 4th September 2020, 12:34 pm

This Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, residents 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 for Children & Young People.

For many across the region, the extra time spent at home during the Covid-19 outbreak has provided an opportunity to focus on de-cluttering - which can now be put to good use.

TX Maxx has teamed up with Cancer Research UK.

When sold in Cancer Research UK shops, each bag of items donated could raise up to £25 to help fund research into children’s and young people’s cancers.

With around 150 children diagnosed with cancer every year in Yorkshire and the Humber, the charity says the need to support this vital work is as important as ever.

Lisa Millet, Yorkshire spokesperson for Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People, said: “The truth is Covid-19 has slowed us down, but we will never stop.

“Cancer in children and young people is different to cancer in adults – from the types of cancer, to the impact of treatment and the long-term side effects survivors often experience. That’s why it needs different, dedicated research which campaigns like 'Give Up Clothes for Good' help to fund.

“Cancer still claims the lives of around 510 under 25s every year in the UK. We want to help more children and young people survive cancer with a good quality of life. So, we hope as many people as possible will help to get our life-saving research back on track by donating any quality clothes or goods at their local TK Maxx store.”

More children are surviving cancer than ever before, Cancer Research UK says. TK Maxx is the biggest corporate supporter of the charity’s work into children’s and young people’s cancers and, since 2004, has raised more than £37m to help improve survival.

Jo Murphy, Assistant Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at TK Maxx, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to our associates and customers in Yorkshire who have helped us to raise millions for research into children’s and young people’s cancers. We’re making every effort to ensure that people can donate safely, so we can keep transforming their pre-loved items into vital funds. We hope the local community will show their support, because their donations really could help to save lives.”

'Give Up Clothes for Good' is one of the UK’s longest running clothes collection campaigns. It also provides an environmental benefit through the re-use and recycling of goods.

People can donate at any TK Maxx store, all year round, including Harrogate, Knaresborough, York, York Monks Cross, Leeds, Leeds Crown Point and Guiseley.

Supporters can also help raise funds by wearing a gold ribbon badge – the awareness symbol of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – available from TK Maxx and Cancer Research UK stores throughout September.