ALDI employees and customers across Scotland have come together to raise more than £200,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust.

The cash is helping the charity fund some 6000 hours of specialist care for young people with cancer.

The funds were raised through a range of activities including walking the West Highland Way, hosting in-store themed events and climbing the 2333-foot high Tinto Hill.

The staff are also taking part in Kiltwalks across the country to raise even more money for charity and celebrate the supermarket’s 25th anniversary in Scotland.

Laura Pearce, head of corporate development for Teenage Cancer Trust, welcomed the news.

She said: “We’re incredibly grateful for the passionate and enthusiastic support that Aldi’s team and customers are giving to young people with cancer.

“Hitting the £200,000 mark in Scotland is a tremendous achievement and is a fantastic contribution to the incredible £3 million raised UK-wide so far by Aldi as part of our partnership together.

“The money raised by Aldi staff and customers in Scotland will help to provide over 6000 hours of specialist care that will make a huge difference to the lives of so many young people with cancer.”

The fundraising push in Scotland has also helped Aldi to hit its UK-wide charity milestone of £3m earlier than expected after launching its partnership with the Teenage Cancer Trust in 2017.

Richard Holloway, regional managing director for Aldi Scotland, said: “It’s been fantastic to see our staff and members of the local community coming together to support Teenage Cancer Trust, and we’re delighted that we’ve been able to support so many young people facing cancer.

“During our 25th anniversary year in Scotland, our teams across the country will continue to come up with even more creative new ways to raise funds and help us edge even closer to our £300,000 target.”

Teenage Cancer Trust delivers care and support to young people diagnosed with cancer aged 13 to 24. The charity works with the NHS to provide highly-trained expert staff and specialist cancer units in NHS hospitals across the UK and brings young people with cancer together.