Teenage Cancer Trust
Everyday, seven young people aged 13 to 24 are diagnosed with cancer and currently only 50% of these young people have access to the Teenage Cancer Trusts' specialist care.
Teenage Cancer Trust makes sure the seven young people aged 13 to 24 diagnosed with cancer every day don’t face it alone. They help young people and their families deal with the many ways cancer affects your body, mind and life.
They work in partnership with the NHS to provide highly-trained expert staff and specialist cancer units in NHS hospitals across the UK. The charity is there at every stage, from diagnosis, through treatment and also life after treatment. It also brings young people with cancer together so they can support each other. Through their work, they know how vital it is to have the opportunity to support 100% of young people with cancer.
That’s why we have partnered with Teenage Cancer Trust, to raise awareness of this vital cause and help ensure no young person ever has to face cancer alone.
Our aim is to raise £5 million over the next 5 years. It’s an ambitious target, no question, but we believe that with the support of our employees and customers, we can make it happen. In fact, we know we can smash it! In 2017 we raised £1.2 million for Teenage Cancer Trust through colleagues and customers coming together to fundraise, and by June 2018 that had risen to £2 million. In February 2019, we have hit £3 million and are well on our way to achieving our aim of hitting £5 million by 2021. We think that is #EverydayAmazing!
By working together we can all help ensure that no young person faces cancer alone, through tireless fundraising efforts from customers and colleagues across the country who have taken on a range of wild and wonderful tasks.
Royal Albert Hall Week
Since 2017, Aldi has proudly been the headline sponsor of the Teenage Cancer Trusts annual concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The concert takes place over the course of a week during the Easter period and helps raise vital funds to ensure that no young person faces cancer alone. The young people are given the chance to spend the day in an ultimate backstage experience, this includes activities such as writing and performing an original song at a music workshop, a guided tour of the world famous Royal Albert Hall, soaking up the amazing atmosphere backstage, enjoying a delicious dinner in the artist and crew restaurant, before finally enjoying the show from some amazing seats; giving young people a day they will never forget.
The concert in 2017 raised £3.2 million for the charity whilst the concert in 2018 raised £2 million.
Store Takeover Weekend - March 2018
In March 2018 we held our store takeover weekend. Every store held an individual raffle with a prize of a hamper worth £50. The weekend turned out to be a huge success with 178 TCT volunteers bucket collecting, raising a total of over £200,000 across the whole estate. We plan to run more amazing events in the future.
In June 2016 we became the first UK supermarket to team up with Farm Africa, an international development charity; our three-year partnership will support young farmers in Kenya. We will donate over £260,000 to fund the Growing Futures project, which will educate and improve the lives of about 400 young people in Kitale, Western Kenya.
During the last 12 months, the project has established 21 demonstration plots, where young farmers have learnt practical skills for growing mange touts, French beans, cabbages, kale and chilli peppers. The first harvests this year have seen bumper yields, with 96,500kg of cabbages and 37,200kg of French beans!
The young farmers have undergone training in financial management and business planning, giving them the springboard they need to establish and run a profitable agricultural business. The first vegetables to have been sold achieved impressive profit margins, 62% for cabbages and 50% for French beans. What’s more… new buying contracts mean the farmers can enjoy the security of a more reliable income in the future.
Over the next two years of the partnership the young farmers will receive further training and support in finding the right buyers, business development skills, post-harvest handling and good warehouse practices.
We want to help these young people to become wealth creators who can not only build strong and resilient communities but have the knowledge to protect the local environment so that it can provide food for many years to come.
As well as this, the female share of the agricultural labour force is the highest in the world. However, life for women in Africa isn’t easy - they don’t have the same rights as men and will have juggle raising a family while working. By creating new opportunities for women, we can help them to develop new streams of income helping to lift them out of poverty. So not only are we empowering women we are helping the whole community to grow and prosper.
The Prince’s Countryside Fund
The Prince’s Countryside Fund is a charity that was established by HRH the Prince of Wales in 2010 with the aim of improving the prospects of family farm businesses and the quality of rural life.
Half of UK farms are no longer making a living from farming alone so we have decided to partner up with The Prince’s Countryside Fund and support the Farm Resilience Programme. The programme offers free business support to more than 1,300 small to medium sized family farms. The farmers are provided with expert professional advice on how to improve their farm business and ensure that they are resilient for the future by:
• Helping farmers to have a better understanding of their business
• Allowing a safe environment in which farmers can explore a range of business opportunities
• Giving farmers the knowledge and support they need to generate confidence in their business management
• Achieving increased efficiency for farmers involved in the initiative
For more information please see: http://www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/
British Red Cross
We work closely with the British Red Cross, allowing us to have a pre-prepared and consistent response to UK disaster events. Since joining the partnership we have helped provide relief during a number of disasters:
• Cleaning products and food after the 2016 Cumbrian floods
• Cleaning products after the 2016 Leigh and Rochdale floods
• Food and monetary donations after the Manchester arena bombings
• Clothes, food, drinks and mamia products after the Grenfell Tower fire
• Dog food and toys after the Manchester dog home fire
• Food donations to Syrian refugee support
We will continue to support and provide relief wherever possible to ensure that no matter what, we can help make #EverydayAmazing.