London 2012: John Lewis Stratford City viewing gallery makes �130,000 for charity

Visitors to the Olympic Park viewing gallery at John Lewis in Stratford raised around �130,000 for charity.

During the Games, the department store based in Westfield Stratford City charged customers �2 per person to access the third floor room offering a panoramic view of the venues.

The spectators raised �100,000 during the Olympic Games and �30,000 during the Paralympic Games which John Lewis chose to distribute to a number of charities.

Organisations benefitting from the Olympic Games total are Panathlon Challenge, a charity supporting disabled people in competitive sport, received �33,000 while the same amount went to Cardboard Citizens, changing the lives of homeless people through the performing arts, and East Potential, the charitable offshoot of Stratford-based housing association East Thames Group.

A total of �10,000 of Paralympic Games money went to Canning Town-based charity Community Links, working with underprivileged people in Newham, and �20,000 went to the John Lewis Stratford City Community Grants programme to be divided among community centres, local schools, and sports teams over the next six months.

Noel Saunders, managing director of John Lewis Stratford, said: “We are thrilled that the money raised from our viewing gallery will go towards creating even more opportunities for thousands of people and continue the legacy we helped to start.”

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