Retail Trust event raises ¬£1 million for retail staff in need
The retail industry dug deep at an industry fundraising event last night and donated over ¬£1 million to the Retail Trust, the charity which helps retail staff in need.
The guest list at the Retail Trust London Ball included Arcadia Group owner Sir Philip Green, M&S CEO Marc Bolland, ASOS CEO Nick Robertson, Jaeger Chairman Harold Tillman, Debenhams CEO Michael Sharp, and Joseph Wan, the chief executive of Harvey Nichols.
The sum raised at the event held at London's Grosvenor House, came from a blend of personal pledges including £190,000 from Sir Philip Green and corporate contributions from major high street brands including Arcadia which donated £100,000.
Retail Trust CEO, Nigel J L Rothband, said: "Tough times are well documented for retail, but I am delighted that our annual fundraising Ball still brought the biggest names in the sector together to support their industry charity. We are grateful to all the retailers and supporters for their contributions that will benefit those in retail who are most affected by change, pressures of life and a need to turn somewhere for advice.
"We have seen contacts to our Helpline rise significantly in the last six months, not only on matters of redundancy and job security, but on a host of associated issues that come to the fore when recession is in play. Finance and relationship issues, instances of workplace bullying, and as the riots highlighted, threats of violence against those who man the shops we rely on day in day out.
"I would like to thank especially the Khurmy family from Ealing who joined us on stage this year to share their experiences as riot affected retailers, and to highlight how Retail Trust is there to help those in need of help in many different ways."
The Retail Trust can be contacted via the helpline number 0808 801 080, by texting HELPLINE to 88010, or by accessing the newly launched ‘Helpline Online’ section of the website (www.retailtrust.org.uk/help) for answers to most often searched help topics and responses.
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