Help teenage cancer trust

Madam,

I am writing to appeal to your readers to support for the first time a nationwide festive fundraising initiative taking place in all Homebase stores in December in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

Last year Homebase employees selected Teenage Cancer Trust as their official charity partner until February 2013. As Teenage Cancer Trust does not receive any government funding, this partnership is a wonderful opportunity to raise money for young people with cancer across the country. In just one year Homebase employees in the UK and Ireland have raised a staggering £1million to help us build more specialist home-from-home Teenage Cancer Trust units in NHS hospitals.

The Trust has been given the chance to bucket collect in every Homebase store on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11. We are asking volunteers to share their Christmas cheer and if they wish, wear a Santa hat, jazz up their collection bucket with tinsel or go in full fancy dress as a bucket collecting elf!

We also need volunteers for our Christmas wishes stands in-store where customers will be encouraged to donate £1 to write a Christmas wish on a tag which can then be hung on the store Christmas tree.

If any of your readers are interested in sparing a couple of hours to help us fundraise at their local store so we can support young cancer patients in their area then please contact christmascollection@teenagecancertrust.org or call 020 7612 0370.

Simon Davies

Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust

London