retailTRUST Raises Over £1 million at 63rd Annual Celebration

The UK’s leading retail charity, retailTRUST, raised over £1 million at last night’s annual Celebration, held at the iconic Old Billingsgate. The Celebration drew a star-studded array of VIPS and industry veterans who came together to show their support and generosity during the evening.

Sponsored by American Express, XPO Logistics and Dransfield Properties, the 63rd Celebration was attended by a sparkling list of celebrities and big industry names including, fashion entrepreneur Harold Tillman CBE, Rugby World Cup winner Phil Vickery MBE, and retail legend Don McCarthy.

Guests were treated to a night of non-stop entertainment hosted by radio’s Dave Berry, including sets from musical comedian Kev Orkian, DJ Benny Blanco and X Factor favourites Alien Uncovered.

There were plenty of opportunities to raise funds and have fun, with the ever-popular Silent Auction and Grand Auction spurring the crowd into a frenzy of generosity as money-can’t-buy prizes and experiences such as Adele concert tickets, cricket coaching masterclasses and pop music memorabilia went up for grabs, alongside goodies donated from brands including T2, Paul Smith, Next and Maplin.

The evening also celebrated some of the great work and achievements the industry, working in partnership with retailTRUST achieved over the last 12 months, such as the success of its retailRIGHT employment programmes, creating opportunity for hundreds of disadvantaged young people and the creation of the retailCURe Credit Union, offering affordable borrowing services to members – showing that when the industry comes together for the common good, great things can happen!

Guests during the evening pledged to support the charity’s work In 2016, expanding the scope of its training programmes, supporting people including the disabled, single parent families and the long term unemployed – continuing the positive social impact they are having across the areas worst affected by unemployment in the UK.

Richard Boland, Chief Executive, retailTRUST, said, “Our second great Celebration at Billingsgate showcased the successes of 2015 to almost a thousand Patrons, supporters and sponsors. It was fantastic to see some of our ‘unsung heroes’ welcomed so graciously at the event as well as the thanks to our benefactors from some of the beneficiaries. The fantastic night was underpinned by real people giving real life stories demonstrating the great impact the TRUST has and raised over £1 million to ensure we further grow that impact in 2016.”

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