Retail Trust gives £50K to riot clean-up

Albermarle and Bond had tried to keep the blaze at its Croydon store under wraps but criminals soon found out about the buried safes. (Getty)

Charity helping retailers to get back on their feet following riots.

Retail Trust has given its #highstheroes Twitter campaign a boost by revealing it has set aside £50,000 from its reserves to help retail staff and shopkeepers affected by the riots in the UK earlier this month.

The charity has already allocated grants of £250 to help relieve retail people of the immediate difficulties they faced in the wake of the riots, while all monies raised through its Twitter campaign will go directly to those impacted by the public disorder.

“Although the visible impact of the riots is clear through the damage done to shops, the story that doesn’t always come through is the deeper impact on those affected below the surface, emotionally, but also practically in terms of how everyday life needs to continue,” said Nigel Rothband, chief executive of Retail Trust.

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“The #highstheroes campaign is to benefit the people from retail affected rather than the property. That’s where Retail Trust’s expertise lies and where we firmly believe focus must not be lost at this most stressful of times.”

#highstheroes has attracted support from members of the public who are donating online and by text. Many people are also organising events, raffles, auctions, parties, concerts and comedy nights, as well as running marathons and selling t-shirts in aid of the fund.

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