Merry Christmas and a big THANK YOU from our charity partners
As the nights are drawing in, we’re seeing lights and festive decorations going up all over the UK to bring some much-needed cheer for the season.
Never one to miss out on sharing good vibes, our Together for Families charity partners wanted to take over the blog to shout about all the amazing things you’ve helped us achieve this year. Together for Families is wilko’s charity partnership working with Alzheimer’s Society, Save the Children and Teenage Cancer Trust.
Thanks to the support of dedicated wilko team members and you, our amazing customers, we have been able to raise (drumroll please!) an incredible £2million for these charities!
We caught up with our amazing charity partners to find out how this money is making a real difference to the people they support.
Our work with Alzheimer’s Society
“Thank you to all wilko team members and customers for supporting Together for Families and raising money to ensure that people can get the support they need, at what can be a very difficult time for families affected by dementia.” Sinead Donoghue, Head of Corporate Partnerships.
The money raised for people living with dementia throughout the partnership could enable 27 Dementia Advisers to support people for an entire year.
Dementia Advisers are dementia experts, that have been providing information, offering guidance, and directly supporting people affected by dementia day in, day out since the start of the pandemic. They’re available via the Dementia Connect support line this festive season for anyone who needs them.
With almost 1 million people in the UK now living with dementia, this support is needed now more than ever.
Supporting Save the Children
Save the Children work to unite families, communities and schools, ensuring the UK's poorest children get the help they need to learn, play, and thrive; building positive home environments and campaigning for children's futures.
The ongoing support from wilko has helped fund grants which include supermarket vouchers, household products and learning resources, that have directly impacted the lives of over 280 families here in the UK. Here’s what some of those families had to say:
“The vouchers have been a big help as the family purchased warmer duvets … the items purchased helped make the home warmer.” “It [the support] made me a lot less stressed… enabling me to be more focussed on the time I had with my daughter and the way I could really be in the moment with her.”
When children are safe, well and happy, they see the wonder in everything. At this time of year, their imaginations and spirit are what makes Christmas so special, so thank you for helping us protect the magic for them.
Delivering impact with Teenage Cancer Trust
Every day between now and Christmas, another seven teenagers and young adults in the UK will hear the devastating words “you have cancer”. Over the festive period, they may face long stays in hospital, treatment with brutal side-effects and isolation from friends and loved ones.
Thanks to wilko and their Together for Families programme, Teenage Cancer Trust can provide gifts that can’t be wrapped: like the gift of reassurance from our Teenage Cancer Trust Nurses, who are there at every key appointment to provide expert, sensitive, individual care for each young person with cancer – often when restrictions still mean loved ones can’t be there.
“I’d like to say a warm and heartfelt thank you to all team members and customers at wilko for making a huge difference to the young people and families we support.” Kate Collins, Chief Executive, Teenage Cancer Trust.
Thanks for everything you’ve done to help our charity partners. It’s the little wins that make a world of difference and your support means so much.
Have a great Christmas!