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Inverness people urged to Give Up Clothes for Good, and support Cancer Research for young people


By Neil MacPhail

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Symbol of childhood cancer awareness month.
Symbol of childhood cancer awareness month.

PEOPLE in and around Inverness are being called on to clear out their wardrobes to help more children and young people survive cancer.

During September – Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – they are being urged to donate pre-loved quality fashion and homeware to TK Maxx’s Give Up Clothes for Good campaign in support of Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People.

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 330 children and young people diagnosed with cancer every year in Scotland, this vital work is as important as ever.

Linda Summerhayes, Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People spokeswoman in Scotland, said: “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. So, it needs more research which campaigns like Give Up Clothes for Good help to fund.

“We want to help ensure more people under the age of 25 in Inverness, and across Scotland and the UK, survive cancer with a good quality of life. That’s why we hope as many people as possible will show their support and donate any quality clothes or goods to their local TK Maxx store.”

More children are surviving cancer than ever before, thanks in large part to the work of Cancer Research UK.

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh is one of the many centres across the UK taking part in ground-breaking clinical trials coordinated by Cancer Research UK’s children's cancer trials team. These trials make innovative new treatments available to children with cancer in Scotland.

One of the trials is finding out what the best possible treatment options are for children and young adults with a type of brain tumour called ependymoma.

TK Maxx is the biggest corporate supporter of Cancer Research UK’s research into children’s and young people’s cancers. Since 2004, the retailer has raised over £37 million to help improve survival and reduce long-term side effects for youngsters.

On their behalf, Jo Murphy, vice-president of corporate responsibility and sustainability at TJX Europe, said: “We are incredibly grateful to our customers in Scotland for helping us to transform the items they no longer need into funds for life-saving research. Not only are they helping more children and young people survive cancer, they’re also reducing their environmental impact by giving their pre-loved items another lease of life.”

People can donate year round at any TK Maxx store including at Strothers Lane, Inverness.

Supporters can also help by wearing a gold ribbon badge, the symbol of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, available from Cancer Research UK shops and selected TK Maxx stores during September.


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