Discover our Together for Families Charity Programme
In March 2018, wilko launched our three-year charity partnership called ‘Together for Families.’ The brilliant charities that we committed to supporting were Alzheimer’s Society, Save The Children and Teenage Cancer Trust.
The programme was designed to support families when they need it most and to tackle some of the key social issues often faced by hard-working families in their everyday lives.
Since its start, through the partnership, wilko team members have taken part in a range of fun fundraising activities, from dressing up and sponsored walks to bake-offs and body waxing! With this, and customer support, we’ve raised an amazing £1,845,780 so far. Each charity received £615,260 each (which is £205,087 per charity per year). But the last year hasn’t been easy for anyone, and we knew we could do more for these charities. Which is why we’re sticking with them for another year.
Here’s a little bit about our charity partners:
Did you know that dementia is the UK’s leading cause of death? Someone develops it every three minutes and there’s currently no cure. It’s the biggest health and social care challenge of our time. But thanks to the support of the public, Alzheimer’s Society is tackling dementia head on and with your help they will find a cure and create a world without dementia.
In the meantime, Dementia Connect is supporting people from the very start of their dementia journey, right through to the end of life. Through a combination of one-to-one help, support groups and resources they ensure that everyone affected by dementia has tailored care for their individual needs. This support drastically improves the lives of people living with the condition right now and offers an essential lifeline to families caring for loved ones.
Save the Children
Photo Credit – Nina Raingold, Save The Children: UK children stay at home instead of attending school or nursery because of the Coronavirus
Many families in the UK are going through a tough time right now. No matter how hard they work, they struggle to pay the bills and provide the basics for their families, and it’s their children who suffer the most. And this doesn’t just affect a few families. Right now, 4 million children in the UK are growing up without things most of us take for granted, like books and toys, or even a bed to sleep in – things no child should be without. That’s nine children in a classroom of 30, and it’s nine children too many. Save the Children want to give every child the bright future they deserve.
Every parent wants the best for their child but growing up without basic essentials makes it so much tougher for children to do well at school and in life. Funds raised through the Together for Families programme will make sure more families get the things they need to give their children the best possible start – a bed, a highchair, educational toys and books. It’ll also help busy mums and dads boost their children’s early learning at home, building their confidence and showing them how to make learning easy and fun.
Every day, seven young people aged 13-24 hear the words “you have cancer”. Even with family and healthcare professionals around them, young people facing cancer may find themselves isolated, scared and lacking control. Relationships, exams, careers, life plans – cancer can throw everything into chaos. And even for those who recover, that huge disruption at such a crucial time can have a lasting impact on their future.
Teenage Cancer Trust offers world-leading care and support to put young people in the best possible place, physically, mentally and emotionally, for their cancer treatment and beyond. They keep young people with cancer connected – with specialist nurses, youth support teams, and each other. They make sure young people still get one-to-one emotional support with regular texts, video chats and virtual groups. And they help get young people through the toughest time of their lives, every day.
As with so many other things, the Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on charities, and how they are funded. But the essential support they offer and the need for it hasn’t stopped. It’s why we’re sticking with them and giving them as much of our help as we can over the coming year. To help us and support our partner charities, please visit our Together for Families programme page where you can make an online donation.
Please note that 10% of the funds we donate to Alzheimer’s Society throughout our partnership will go to Alzheimer’s Scotland (Scottish Charity no.SC022315)
Alzheimer’s Society is a registered charity: 296645 (England & Wales) | The Save the Children Fund is a registered charity: 213890 (England & Wales); SC039570 (Scotland) | Teenage Cancer Trust is a registered charity: 1062559 (England & Wales); SC039757 (Scotland)