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.
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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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