RTC 2020 raises a magnificent £428,000

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Held at the spectacular Park Plaza Westminster Bridge and hosted by the impressionist and satirist Rory Bremner, the retailTRUST Celebration took place on 6 February 2020. Over 700 key supporters and influencers from the industry came together at this annual event to celebrate and raise vital funds.

Lucy Stainton, RTC Committee Chair welcomed attendees to the event. Guests raised a staggering £428,000 (net) on the night!

From a cycling challenge in association with Anytime Fitness and presented by Olympic gold medallist, James Cracknell, through to auctions and a tombola, attendees enjoyed a range of entertainment throughout the evening. Benny Blanco All Stars delivered the ultimate musical performance and had guests dancing into the early hours of the morning.

Neil Duffy, Director of Wellbeing and Funding, stated: “A great night was had by all and raising £428,000 is an amazing achievement. The funds will be put towards improving more lives across the retail sector and supporting service industries. Thank you to everyone who supported the event and helped achieve this fantastic result!”

Choose your challenge!

We launched our new Twenty in 20 campaign. Throughout the year, our supporters and colleagues will take part in twenty challenges to raise funds for the Trust.

Our Chief Executive Richard Boland is abseiling the ArcelorMittal Orbit with 34 colleagues and industry leaders on 3 April 2020.

Why not face your fear and join the retailTRUST team in this ultimate urban adventure? Click here for more details.

We also showcased how we supported colleagues over the last year by improving their emotional, physical, vocational and financial wellness.

5,000 supported over five years

Over the past five years, our retailRIGHT team have helped over 5,000 individuals get into retail and progress their careers.

Our start-up funding, guidance and mentoring enabled retail entrepreneur Emma Russell to develop her fashion platform ‘pplrstrange’.

Emma Russell, Founder of pplrstrange, revealed: “I’ve always been motivated and hardworking but your funding, advice and belief in me and my concept was the stepping stone I needed to make my dream a reality. I honestly can’t thank you enough. Knowing that retailTRUST is giving young start-ups like me a helping hand is unbelievable and it is a very special programme. I am proud and honoured to be part of it.”

Working in partnership with The Mall Walthamstow

Since the devastating fire broke out at The Mall Walthamstow last year, we have been working closely with Capital and Regional to provide emotional and financial assistance to those who were affected.

Sara Jennings, Director of Guest and Customer Experience at Capital and Regional, explains: “retailTRUST have been true to their word in the counselling they have offered our team, the retailers and also the local community. They have provided exceptional assistance and they continue to do so. That support will continue until we’re back up and a hundred per cent trading.”

Thank you again to everyone who supported the retailTRUST Celebration 2020!

A special thank you to our sponsors HSO (fizz reception sponsor), JD Sports (host sponsor), Hilco Capital, John Lewis & Partners, and B&M Retail Ltd.