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TJX and and JLP back retailTrust’s £10m CaRe20 campaign

JLPTJXThanksHomeSense and TK Maxx parent company TJX Europe and the John Lewis Partnership have pledged their support to the retailTrust’s CaRe20 fundraising campaign, donating £175,000

CaRe20 – Caring for Retail during COVID-19 - aims to raise £10m to provide financial, emotional, physical and vocational support to store workers who may be ineligible for government support during the coronavirus outbreak.

retailTRUST has joined forces with Retail Week, World Retail Congress and the BRC to offer the lifeline to people on retail’s front line, including contractors and temporary staff, those who have already been left out of work and employees who may need more than just financial help.

John Lewis Partnership has donated £75,000 and TJX has pledged £100,000.

The money raised through CaRe20 will support thousands of people working in retail through a host of initiatives including:

Financial grants to help with food, essential bills, childcare and other necessities; telephone and online counselling to help those with stress and anxiety; support with physical exercise and tips; online self-help tools and resources and upskilling and retraining for colleagues facing redundancy or seeking a new role.

Although the UK government has committed to financially supporting retained employees who cannot work with an 80% subsidy worth up to £2,500 a month, retailTRUST, RWRC and the BRC believe this will not come close to solving the real problems.

‘TK Maxx and HomeSense have long partnered with the amazing retailTRUST and used the essential services they provide for our UK employee assistance programme. Our thoughts now turn to people around the world who have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and so, in this time of unprecedented need, we are very pleased to be able to give additional support to this dedicated fund, CaRe20, which will provide critical help to the most vulnerable across our industry,’ says Louise Greenlees, TJX Europe president.

‘The John Lewis Partnership is a proud supporter of retailTRUST. With the unprecedented challenges our industry is now facing, we recognise that demand for the vital services the trust provides is likely to grow exponentially. We are pleased to support the capital appeal for retail, helping the most vulnerable in our industry at this time and enabling the trust to continue to be there for the millions of people working in retail across the UK,’ says Nina Bhatia, John Lewis Partnership executive director of strategy and commercial development.

‘There has never been a more important time for us all to support one another. The retail industry is facing its biggest challenge in decades with many colleagues under enormous emotional and financial strain. Supporting the wellbeing of those in the front line is essential. This underlines the need for a strong government response to the crisis, and it is why initiatives like CaRe20 are so important. We urge everyone to offer their support and kindness to the millions of retail workers across the country at this difficult time,’ says Helen Dickinson, BRC chief executive.

Those wishing to donate can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/CaRe20

Those wishing to apply for a grant can do so here: https://www.myrtwellbeing.org.uk/financial-support/financial-grants