CUSTOMERS and staff at a Winchester supermarket raised more than a thousand pounds for a cancer charity.

Aldi raised almost £2,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust with a range of activities including bucket shakes, local community events and raffles.

Similar events were held at Aldi stores and regional distribution centres across the UK and together helped to raise £1.2m nationally for the charity.

Aldi’s partnership with the Teenage Cancer Trust began in January 2017 and aims to raise £5m over five years to support its work with young people.

The amount raised nationally so far has exceeded the first-year target and local stores including Winchester, Romsey and Southampton have further fundraising events planned for 2018 and beyond.

Michael Le Maistre, area manager, said: “Our colleagues and customers have gone to great lengths to raise funds for this fantastic cause. The trust makes a huge difference to people’s lives and we have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity our employees and customers have shown.We’re looking forward to raising even more in the months and years to come.”

Kate Collins, interim chief executive at the trust, said: “We are hugely grateful for the support Aldi has shown us so far, and to the customers and staff who have come together to raise this sum. This money will be used to ensure young people with cancer have the best treatment, care and support – and ensure that no young person faces cancer alone.”

Teenage Cancer Trust provides cancer care and support to young people diagnosed with cancer aged 13-24.