John Lewis Stratford City marks community legacy

Representatives from charities and groups that have benefited from John Lewis's community legacy att

Representatives from charities and groups that have benefited from John Lewis's community legacy attended a networking event - Credit: Archant

Staff from John Lewis Stratford celebrated its community legacy with groups who received cash from the £130,00 raised by the retail giant.

The Stratford store has donated more than £130,00 to 41 groups, social enterprise organisations and charities since the Olympics.

The money was raised from people being charged £2 to enter the shop’s Olympic Park viewing gallery throughout the Games and through the store’s community giving schemes.

As many marked the anniversary of the opening of the 2012 Olympics, staff at John Lewis held an event with representatives of groups and charities that have received donations.

Guests were treated to a short performance by members of Cardboard Citizens, the Tower Hamlets-based performing arts charity, which benefited from a donation of £33,000 from the store.

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Spitalfield’s Music was one of the charities that received funding through the branch’s Commuity Grants Scheme, which awarded thirty charities grants of up to £500 from January to May of this year.

Philip Chandler, Development Officer at Spitalfield’s Music, said: “We were absolutely thrilled to receive a John Lewis Stratford City Community Grant. The money went towards our Musical Rumpus project for babies and toddlers, allowing over two hundred 0-three-year-olds to participate in a multi-sensory music theatre experience, completely free of charge.”

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Michelle Woolnoth, Operations Manager at John Lewis Stratford City, who hosted the event, said “Our Charity event was a great way to recognise the fantastic work and achievements of the many charitable organisations in our local community that we have had the privilege of working with over the last 12 months.”

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