Retail Trust raises over Â£1 million at the Retail Trust London Ball
Industry digs deep to support its only dedicated charity.
Key figureheads of the retail sector demonstrated their dedication to Retail Trust, the only charity devoted to looking after everyone working in the industry, by donating over £1 million at last night’s Retail Trust London Ball - the annual centerpiece of the retail industry’s events calendar. The last year has been a turbulent time for retail staff and their employers triggering an increase in calls to the Retail Trust Helpline by over 50%.
The sum raised at Grosvenor House came from personal pledges, Sir Philip Green donated £125,000, and corporate contributions from some of the country’s best known retailers including House of Fraser, M&S, Primark, John Lewis and ASOS.
Nigel J L Rothband, Retail Trust CEO, said, “Threats to the retail sector, and therefore retail staff, have never been higher. We need to ensure we act as a safety net for all people in retail who need us and that we have funds and services in place to help when needed. In the past year we have helped people who have suffered redundancy, been victims of in-store crime, families that have been the victim of tragedies and many more issues.
One of the ways we can continue to look after all those working in retail is through fundraising at events like this – and tonight has been amazing! The incredible generosity and support we have seen confirms that the retail industry itself recognises the need to look after retail staff who are going through tough times. By continuing to work in partnership with retailers we can help even more of the three million people in retail who need us the most.”
Retail leaders in attendance amongst the 1200 strong audience who gave their support to Retail Trust on the night included Sir Philip Green, Harold Tillman, Robert Swannell, Marc Bolland, Rob Templeman, John King and Michelle Mone.
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