On Wednesday 17th March an audience of specially invited guests join Maggie Darling as she hosted a reception at No 11 Downing Street to mark an exciting new relationship between Cancer Research UK and Trekstock, a young charity which raises money through music and fashion.

Famous faces from the world of fashion, music and media, including the charity’s Patron DJ Mark Ronson, former Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows, designers Henry Holland and Amy Molyneaux and the Rt. Hon. Alistair Darling, were among the guests who were treated to canapés and live music performances by up and coming artists Goldheart Assembly and Rox.

The event marked the start of an ongoing partnership between the two charities, which will see Trekstock donating profits from fundraising gigs and its exclusive fashion range towards Cancer Research UK’s vital research into cancers that affect children and teenagers.

Trekstock was founded by 28 year old Sophie Epstone in 2006 after she signed up to take part in an international charity challenge and decided to hold a small gig to help raise money for the trip. Highlights from the last year include an event at the Proud Galleries in Camden, featuring Mark Ronson, Daniel Merriweather and the Cuban Brothers, and a Bloc Party Glastonbury Festival warm up gig at The Garage in Islington, which saw tickets sell out within hours of going on sale.

Sophie Epstone said: “Last night was an amazing success – to see so many people turn out in support of our new partnership is fantastic. We’ve already achieved so much in very little time and last night showed just how much support there is out there for what we’re doing. I’m sure that knowing we’re helping to fund research into such a special cause will provide added appeal to Trekstock fans.”

Other Trekstock initiatives have seen it team up with leading London designers, including Henry Holland and PPQ who have all contributed to its ‘’Trekstock Loves’ fashion merchandise. It also has a presence at music festivals throughout the summer where ‘I heart Trekstock’ badges are given out to help to build awareness and grow the Trekstock supporter base.

Richard Taylor, executive director of fundraising and marketing at Cancer Research UK, was at the event. He said: “We’re really excited to be working with Trekstock – they’ve had great fundraising success in the past and have a real edge to what they do. With its young, fun identity and fundraising opportunities that appeal to young people, Trekstock has an ability to interact with an audience that doesn’t traditionally engage with the work of Cancer Research UK.”

For more information about how to support Trekstock or Cancer Research UK, please visit www.trekstock.com or www.cancerresearchuk.org.


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