Arcadia boss Sir Philip Green and Marks & Spencer chief executive Marc Bolland were among the top name retailers who helped last night’s Retail Trust Ball raise more than £1.1m.
At the 61st London Ball the New Look Foundation presented £350,000 to the Trust and Sir Philip Green donated £40,000 towards developing specialised treatment rooms for dementia in the Retail Trust’s cottage homes.
A presentation was made to Debenhams chief executive Michael Sharp to celebrate Debenhams’ 200th anniversary.
Other retailers in attendance included New Look chairman Alistair McGeorge, Home Retail Group chief executive Terry Duddy and House of Fraser chairman Don McCarthy, among celebrities and companies from across the industry.
The Retail Trust is a charity that offers a range of services including counselling, legal advice, debt advice, hardship grants, course funding and retirement housing throughout the UK to people working in retail.
Chair of the Ball Committee Marty Plocica said: “Since 1832 Retail Trust has provided support for all involved. Now more than ever the demand for their services advice, care and support every day of the year.”
Retail Trust chief executive Richard Boland added: “2014 will be an exciting year for us as we are planning the expansion of the reach and relevance of our services, helping more people than ever. This is only possible through your continued support.”