Wilko gets full marks for raising £370 for charity

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The ‘Class of 2013’ from the Wilko store in the Swan Walk Shopping Centre, Horsham, has raised £370 for Hannah’s Holiday Home Appeal, the store’s regional charity of the year, with a Back To School fundraiser.

In support of the charity, team members swapped their usual uniforms for school ties and pigtails, while encouraging loyal customers to fill their collection buckets to raise vital funds for the charity.

The team also increased awareness of Hannah’s Holiday Home Appeal by giving away a Back To School hamper and store manager Andy Rickman made it a family affair with his wife, Sarah, selling home-made cakes and donated books.

Andy said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the goodwill of team members and customers alike during our Back To School event. We’re really happy with the total raised and we hope it makes a positive difference to Hannah’s Holiday Home Appeal and the families it helps.

“Our team members are very enthusiastic about fundraising for such an important charity and they definitely enjoyed swapping their usual red uniforms for fancy dress!”

Pam Marshall, founder, trustee & secretary at Hannah’s Holiday Home Appeal, said: “Donations like this help us to keep our charity going and it’s fantastic to have support from Wilko in Horsham.

“The store team has done a brilliant job once again and every penny raised will go a long way towards providing precious and quality family breaks for those with children suffering from cancer and life limiting illnesses.”

Team members at the Wilko store in Crawley also took part in the Back To School fundraiser to celebrate the committed charity partnership with Hannah’s Holiday Home Appeal.

A family owned firm after more than 80 years of trading, JK Wilkinson opened the first Wilko store on Charnwood Street, Leicester, in 1930.

The company’s portfolio has expanded significantly over the decades that have followed and there are currently 372 stores across the UK, including 10 in Scotland.

Serving 10.5 million customers each year and selling over 25,000 product lines, including health & beauty, cleaning products, seasonal essentials and homewares both in store and online at www.wilko.com,

Wilko is dedicated to providing its customers with high quality products, choice and first class, friendly service.

Wilko is committed to Britain’s high streets and prides itself on being a community focused retailer, actively supporting local charities, community groups and empowering its team members to support great causes that are locally important to them.

For more information on Hannah’s Holiday Home Appeal, please visit www.hannahsappeal.org, follow on Twitter @hannahsappeal or on Facebook www.facebook.com/groups/hannahsappeal

For more about Wilko and the chairty work they do, visit their website www.wilko.com