Helping good causes and supporting great work in our community is at the heart of what we do at wilko, helping to cement our place within the local communities we serve and enabling hard working families to be the best they can be. This year, we’ll join forces with three charity partners to create one programme designed to support families within our communities. We’re aiming to raise £5m for Alzheimer’s Society, Save the Children and Teenage Cancer Trust over the next three years.

We know life can be tough at times. Whether it’s a potentially life threatening diagnosis in the family, or a daily struggle to make ends meet which means children don’t get off to the best start in life, we hope that through this programme we can raise enough money to make a real difference to those families who need it the most. 

We are working with the selected charities below:

Link – https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TogetherForFamilies

We’d just like to tell you a little bit about the charities that we’ve chosen to partner with.

Alzheimer’s Society

Photo Credit – Alzheimer’s Society

Funds raised through the programme will help fund locally-based community care services such as Dementia Support Workers. These highly skilled support workers are at the very heart of the community. Their role is to provide both practical and emotional support to those affected by dementia. They’re there from the point of diagnosis onward, making sure that people know what support is out there and helping them to access all of the fantastic services available. They’re also there to offer a cup of tea and a shoulder to cry on at the most difficult time of someone’s life.

If we reach our target, we could:

  • Fully fund 45 Dementia Support Workers each year. That’s an incredible 79,284 hours of support for people living with dementia and their families.
  • Fund 133,200 hours of support through the National Dementia Helpline.

Save the Children

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, 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 a bed to sleep in – things no child should be without. That’s nine children in a classroom of 30, but 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 the basics makes it so much tougher for the children to do well at school and in life. Funds raised through the programme will make sure families get the things they need to give their children the best possible start – a bed, a high chair, 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 for their children.

If we reach our target, we could:

  • Fully fund essential household items and early learning resources for 11,500 disadvantaged children.
  • Work with 125,000 families to get parents involved with learning and development

Teenage Cancer Trust

Photo Credit – Teenage Cancer Trust

Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity which provides the specialist nursing and emotional support that young people with cancer need. They know that having cancer at a young age comes with its own particular set of challenges, so their services put the needs of young people first and allow them to face those challenges together.

They currently reach half of the young people who’ve been diagnosed, but are determined to reach them all. The money raised through the programme will help fund new specialist nursing teams across the UK to make sure no young person faces cancer alone.

If we reach our target, we could:

  • Fully fund all their specialist nurses across the UK for an incredible 300 days. That’s 55,500 hours of specialist nursing care, making sure young people receive the best possible support.

Thank you for taking the time to read about our Together for Families programme. We hope that together we can make a real difference to those families in our community who need it the most.

If you’d like to make a donation to our programme, please visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TogetherForFamilies

Save the Children Fund is a registered company limited by guarantee (Company No. 178159)

Teenage Cancer Trust is registered in England and Wales under Company No. 03350311
Registered Charity No. 1062559 (England and Wales) and SC039757 (Scotland).
Third Floor, 93 Newman Street, London, W1T 3EZ

Alzheimer’s Society is a registered Charity n. 296645. Registered as a company limited by guarantee and registered in England No. 2115499.
Registered Office at Alzheimer’s Society, 43-44 Crutched Friars, London, EC3N 2AE

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