Marks & Spencer Metro Centre announces Walking With The Wounded as Charity of the Year
Each year, M&S stores across the country nominate a local charity to fundraise for and this year, colleagues at M&S Metro Centre have chosen to support Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) until June 2020.
The new partnership means that throughout the year colleagues at the Metro Centre store will raise funds to support the charity, specifically the new WWTW hub based in Gateshead, which supports veterans in the region. Colleagues will also carry out events around key dates such as Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to encourage customers to donate to the organization.
Following on from the success of the first WWTW regional hub in Manchester, the charity decided to open a second hub in the North East to increase its geographical reach. The North East regional hub provides a holistic approach to supporting vulnerable veterans towards gaining independence. It works alongside existing WWTW programmes, as well as community partners, in order to provide support to veterans who are homeless, unemployed, socially isolated, struggling with their mental health or caught up within the criminal justice system.
Tommy Watson, WWTW North East Associate Director commented, “We are delighted that staff at M&S Gateshead have chosen our charity. It’s fantastic to receive support from our community in the North East, all fundraising efforts will enable us to continue to support more vulnerable veterans and their families in this region.”
Helen Cowie from M&S Metro Centre said, “Walking With The Wounded is a cause that all of us in the store felt passionate about supporting, especially as the charity has just recently opened a hub in Gateshead for veterans. We are all looking forward to raising funds for this very worthwhile cause.”