John Lewis Stratford to host event for community partners

John Lewis Stratford will be holding a celebratory event with partners and groups that have benefited from its community legacy.

The store donated more than £130,00 to 44 community groups, social enterprise organisations and charities since the Olympics.

The money was raised from members of the public being charged £2 to enter the shop’s Olympic Park viewing gallery throughout the Games and through John Lewis Stratford’s ongoing community giving schemes.

Today it will be hosting an exclusive celebratory networking event for community partners.

By the end of 2013, the money donated by John Lewis Stratford City will have funded over 15,000 hours of sporting activity for severely disabled young people, who would normally not have the same access to sporting opportunities as the rest of the population.

Guests will be 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 John Lewis Stratford City.

Adrian Jackson, CEO of Cardboard Citizens, said: “I look forward to an evening of celebration and recognition of the fantastic work that has been achieved in partnership with John Lewis Stratford City, just one year on since the Olympics.”

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Michelle Woolnoth, operations manager, at John Lewis Stratford City, said: “We are delighted to have been able to support so much good work in the local area and look forward to an event that brings us even closer to our local community.”