Retail property industry bands together to raise £50,000 for Retail Trust

At a time of continued economic difficulty, the retail property industry has dipped hands into pockets to support the needs of the three million people working in retail, donating £50,000 to Retail Trust this month ahead of the charity’s annual London Ball fundraiser on 28 January.

 

Leading retail property trade body, BCSC has engaged with its membership of property developers, landlords, retailers and agents, seeking their support on behalf of its own long-standing beneficiary. Together, BCSC members have raised £50,000, which will be used by Retail Trust to support those working in retail who have entered situations of hardship or financial difficulty. The only charity supporting the three million people working in retail, Retail Trust currently provides grants and services of approximately £1.5 million per annum to people who are working in or have worked in the retail industry or associated businesses, as well as offering free counselling, debt or legal advice and course funding.

 

Michael Green, Chief Executive, BCSC comments: “While retail offers unparalleled opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds, it employs many on or near the minimum wage and when something goes wrong, these people can be very vulnerable. In what is proving an extremely challenging period for retail, it is great to see the retail property community offering support to those within the industry who are facing tougher times.”

 

Richard Boland, CEO, Retail Trust adds: “To see this significant sum in tangible benefit terms, it will allow our Helpline to deal with an extra 10,000 calls from retail employees with problems and could provide extended counselling for up to 250 retail people with issues around abuse, debt, addiction, relationship or work related issues and those looking for work with learning difficulties. It will make a meaningful difference to them and their families and we are hugely grateful.”

 

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