MORE than £1m has been raised through a collaboration with a Hampshire charity and Wickes.

The milestone sum was raised for the Brain Tumour Charity through a series of fundraising schemes across Wickes' 230 stores and digital channels as part of a two-year partnership.

Bake sales, mountain hikes, ultra marathons and in-store promotions all contributed to the funds raised over the past 12 months, as well as Wickes staff taking part in the charity's Twilight Walk in London.

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The Brain Tumour Charity, based in Fleet, is the UK's largest dedicated brain tumour charity, funding research to increase survival, as well as raising awareness and offering support to those affected.

David Wood, chief executive of Wickes, said: “I couldn't be prouder of our colleagues, suppliers and customers reaching this milestone one year into our two-year partnership.  
“In April 2023 we pledged £2m to help this incredible charity not only campaign and find a cure for brain tumours but support the 88,000 people in the UK who are living with a brain tumour. We are confident we will meet our pledge by April 2025."

The charity supported thousands of individuals in 2023/2024, offering families information packs after diagnosis, providing free counselling with the charity, and spreading awareness through its website.

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Dr Michele Afif, the charity's CEO, said: “This is a hugely inspiring moment for The Brain Tumour Charity. As we reach the one-year anniversary of our partnership with Wickes, we celebrate the incredible effort of the whole Wickes team in raising this phenomenal sum. 

"Our partnership continues to be transformational, allowing us to invest in our new Future Leaders fund, more translational research and boost our vital support services. 
“Wickes' support will help us to reach more people affected by a brain tumour diagnosis and support them to live longer and better lives. Our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to everyone who continues to support this partnership.”