Starbucks has announced a three year charity partnership with Cancer Fund for Children, Northern Ireland’s leading children’s cancer charity.
This is the first time that all 21 Starbuck stores across Northern Ireland have committed to a joint charity partnership which will see their baristas, customers and partners come together to support teenagers and young adults affected by cancer.
Northern Ireland has the highest incidence of teenage and young adult (TYA) cancer diagnosis of any region within the UK. On average 76 young people aged between 14-25 years old are diagnosed with cancer every year.
Cancer treatment can be a very isolating and lonely experience for TYAs and often they lack opportunity to meet and connect with others of a similar age. Frequently they are treated alongside much older patients on the adult ward, or those a lot of younger on the children’s ward.
Support from Starbucks over the next three years will help fund a specialist service from the Cancer Fund for Children, Teenage and Young Adult Ward Support. The charity’s Ward Support Specialist works with young people to help reduce their isolation whist they are in hospital, is available to discuss some of the challenges and worries they may be facing, and provide them an opportunity to connect with other young people in a similar situation.
Starbucks’ fundraising initiatives currently include donating 10p from each cup sold on the first day of every month, whilst throughout the year their staff will be taking part in events including an abseil down Belfast’s Europa Hotel. In addition to fundraising, Starbucks have offered to volunteer at the charity’s short break facilities throughout their Global Month of Service in April.
Speaking at the launch Cancer Fund for Children’s Chief Executive, Gillian Creevy, said
“We are truly delighted to be partnering with Starbucks for the next three years. They are an organisation whose ethos is very much focused on community engagement and supporting young people.
“Our Specialist Team steps in from the point of diagnosis to provide essential emotional, financial and therapeutic support to young people and their families at simply the most devastating time. Support from Starbucks will help ensure that our ability to provide top quality care continues.”
Cancer Fund for Children understands the devastating impact a cancer diagnosis and treatment can have on the whole family and that beyond essential medical care there is a family life that needs to be rebuilt. Their services include Individual Support at home, on the hospital ward and in the community, Residential and Community Group Work, Financial Support and Free Therapeutic Short Breaks.
For more information about Cancer Fund for Children please contact the charity (028) 9080 5599 or visit cancerfundforchildren.com.