The 2017 edition of our annual celebration included show stopping performances by Joanne Farrell, Andy Hart and the Soul Brothers, as well as a fascinating look at what we achieved in 2016 thanks to your support. In partnership with our sponsors, American Express, XPO Logistics, TPS Display.
West End spectacular...
The star-studded event took place in the heart of the historic Old Billingsgate, bringing the electric excitement, glamour and spectacle that is West-End Theatre.
The night was hosted by one of Britain’s most lovable TV Presenters Denise van Outen, with a sensational musical performance from ‘The Soul Brothers’ who kept the guests on their feet with the greatest funky soul and Motown hits. With a wonderful west end medley from Joanne Farrell and Andy Hart, the night also featured an array of stunning west end dancing acts who payed tribute to some of theatres most loved shows including Chicago. The event brought together new and loyal supporters of the retailTRUST to show their support and generosity to the industry and to all who dedicated their lives to it.
Celebrating our successes in partnership with YOU
Eight hundred and sixty guests were present, with the evening raising vital funds for the Charity allowing it to build on the successes of the last 12 months.
The money raised helped support the amazing and innovative programmes and initiatives at the retailTRUST, including delivering financial support to those who need it most, building more cottageHOMES to support the retirees in later life and retailRIGHT creating a forty fold social investment on return on the NEETS programme, delivering traineeships as the first step to a great future.
This year, our guests celebrated with John Lovering, CBE on receiving the retailLEGENDS lifelong achievers award. To join the lifetime achiever academy one must have, through a lifetime of devotion proved oneself to be an exceptional individual. That can mean being an inspirational leader, an exceptional entrepreneur, a great benefactor or having given a lifetime of service to the retail sector and its people. John not any qualified in one of these categories but by being an exceptional individual in all of them.
Jamie Cuffy from‘Beata Lei’, a shoe designer presented on stage and explained how the retailTRUST gave him invaluable lessons in the retail industry by helping him to understand and value not just the positives, but also the challenges, life lessons and experiences when setting up a new company / brand and was truly grateful for the help and support from all the people at the retailTRUST dedicating their time to help guide, nurture and grow his talent.
“Our third great Celebration at Billingsgate, showcased the successes of 2016 to eight hundred and sixty Patrons, supporters and sponsors. The fantastic night was underpinned by real people giving real life stories demonstrating the great impact the TRUST has made, and raised over £700,000 to ensure we further grow that impact in 2017.“
Richard Boland, retailTRUST CEO
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