Cancer Research UK has approximately 580 high street shops spread across the UK – that’s more than Marks and Spencer’s and Sainsbury’s. Around 90% of its retail income is generated from unwanted gently worn or brand new items donated largely by the public but also by corporate partners.
Each shop has a manager, but the work couldn't be done without the amazing 17,000 volunteers who give up their spare time – some of the volunteers have been with CRUK for more than 20 years.
Its retail revenue is around £80 million, contributing more than £23 million to its aim of beating cancer through research. 100% of the profit from selling donated items goes towards this life-saving work. CRUK has saved millions of lives by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and survival has doubled over the past 40 years.
Extending the life of clothing through re-use is central to its retail chain. It partners with retailers and other corporate partners to help them reduce their environmental impact by collecting their unwanted goods which will be sold in its shops rather than sent to landfill.
In October 2015, CRUK partnered with Love Your Clothes to support a three-day sustainable fashion event during Brighton Fashion Week. Visitors of the event were invited to rummage through a tonne of donated clothing and turn an unwanted item into a fashionable new outfit.
In April 2016, Love Your Clothes supported Cancer Research UK’s stock generation partnership in more than 100 F&F departments in Tesco stores across the UK.