Teenage Cancer Trust have received a massive fundraising boost from their partnership with ‘Young Voices’, who stage the largest children’s choir concerts in the world. The partnership raised £133,000 in 2019, improving on their 2018 total of £98,000.
During January and February 2019, Young Voices staged 24 nights of concerts, with approximately 5-8,000 school children performing each night. Concerts took place at four venues across the country: The 02 Arena in London, Genting Arena in Birmingham, FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield and Manchester Arena. The children were accompanied by a seven-piece live band made up of some of the UK’s leading musicians, backing singers, and internationally acclaimed conductor, David Lawrence.
An incredible £88,847.04 was raised by Teenage Cancer Trust volunteer bucket collectors and text donations. The remaining £44,560.27 came from dual branded charity wristbands which were sold at the venues each night. Teenage Cancer Trust recruited a huge team of 400 volunteers to help the event run smoothly and raise as much as possible.
Teenage Cancer Trust are the only UK charity providing specialist nursing and support to 13-24 year olds diagnosed with cancer. The support from Young Voices could pay for Teenage Cancer Trust’s team of 36 Youth Support Coordinators (YSCs) for a month, and fund a YSCs’ activity budget for a year. YSCs are funded by the charity to provide social and emotional support to young people with cancer. The activity budget allows YSCs to organise events, games and activities for young people with cancer.
Teenage Cancer Trust Honorary Patron and legendary frontman of rock band, The Who, Roger Daltrey CBE said:
“Young Voices do fantastic work to inspire a new generation to find their love for music, something Teenage Cancer Trust feels very passionately about - making this partnership quite special. I hope that everyone who participated or attended one of these concerts feels very proud of themselves. They’ve helped to further the charity’s vital work to ensure that every young person diagnosed with cancer in the UK receives age-appropriate care and support.”
Ben Lewis, CEO of Young Voices, said:
“I am delighted that this year Young Voices has been able to raise such a phenomenal amount of money for Teenage Cancer Trust. This charity makes such a difference to young people with cancer, providing them with crucial care and support at what is the most challenging of times. What’s wonderful with this event is that thousands of young people have been performing to raise money to help other young people in need. Everyone involved should be incredibly proud of the role that they have played in raising vital funds for this inspiring charity.”
Jane Ashton, Head of Music and Entertainment, Teenage Cancer Trust, said:
“We are so grateful to all the children that took part in the concerts and to our fantastic partner, Young Voices, for their continued support. Teenage Cancer Trust are the only UK charity dedicated to providing specialist nursing and emotional support to young people with cancer, so donations such as this are vital in keeping these services going. A huge thanks from Teenage Cancer Trust!”
To find out more about the vital work Teenage Cancer Trust does to support the seven young people diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK, visit www.teenagecancertrust.org