Lifestyle brand Homesense, which is part of TJX (known as TK Maxx and Homesense here in the UK), has raised £1 million to help young people build a better future for themselves since it first partnered with The Prince’s Trust in 2016.

Through a mix of support from Homesense customers, who bought products launched by the brand to help raise funds for The Trust, alongside till point donations and employee fundraising has all contributed to Homesense being able to raise this staggering sum to support our work.

The money raised has helped us to fund one of our education programmes, Achieve, supporting more than 1,500 school-aged young people who had been struggling in the traditional school environment to build their confidence and skills.

One young person supported through the Achieve programme is Sofia Elaloui. Sofia who was 16 years old from London, didn’t enjoy education and was struggling with one subject in particular. As a joint decision with her school, she enrolled on The Prince’s Trust’s ‘Achieve’ programme. She is now feeling more confident in herself and her future and has secured a place at college.

Sofia said, “I didn’t like school and never wanted to go. When my teacher asked if I wanted to start the ‘Achieve’ programme, I thought I would just give it a try. I feel that it taught me a lot of things that I wouldn’t have learnt elsewhere. We did work on how to prepare for job interviews, what to expect and how to carry ourselves, it was all really helpful.” 

Homesense started its journey with The Trust in 2016, following in the footsteps of its sister brand, TK Maxx, which began running our Get into Retail programme in 2013 to support young people to grow in confidence, gain new skills and secure employment. 

Jane O’Brien, AVP Head of Corporate Responsibility from TJX said,

We are delighted that the funds raised through our products and fundraising have been able to support so many young people through The Prince’s Trust’s ‘Achieve’ programme and to have made such a tangible difference to their lives.

Frances Milner, Director of Fundraising and Marketing from The Prince’s Trust said,

Our work to help young people transform their lives is only possible with the support of partners like Homesense. We are so grateful to their fantastic customers and staff who have raised these funds and enabled us to continue our vital work in uncertain times.