Generous customers and staff at Aldi at Chickerell pulled together to raise £1,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, helping the retailer to hit its £2m milestone nationally.

Employees at the Chickerell Link Road store have supported the charity push over the last six months by baking and selling cakes and other treats in return for donations, as well as taking part in a local boot sale to raise money.

Employee Dawn Young also organised an eight mile walk from Chickerell to Portland Bill and is hoping to raise £150 from the event. The team are hoping to fundraise £3,000 in total for the charity.

The team’s fundraising efforts have enabled Aldi to hit the £2m national fundraising milestone much earlier than expected.

It has enabled the charity to protect and grow the services it delivers for young people with cancer. More specifically, this includes helping to fund two nursing posts in the region.

Sarah Bathgate, Area Manager at Aldi UK, said: “We’re proud to be part of the communities we serve. Our customers and colleagues are coming together to smash our fundraising targets one by one, and we’re so grateful for their support.

“We plan to make the most of the longer days throughout the summer with many more fundraising events planned as we edge closer to our £5 million target.”

This money raised by Aldi’s stores has helped to ensure there are Teenage Cancer Specialists in all local communities across the UK, and is playing a vital role in protecting and growing the services Teenage Cancer Trust provides.

Kate Collins, chief executive of Teenage Cancer Trust said: "We're incredibly grateful for the passionate and enthusiastic support that Aldi's team and customers are giving to young people with cancer. Hitting the second million just four months after achieving the first is amazing and every pound raised makes the vital work of Teenage Cancer Trust possible.

"Right now, for every young person Teenage Cancer Trust reach, there’s another we can't. This money will help us provide young people with cancer the best treatment, care and support – and ultimately ensure that no young person faces cancer alone.”