Wilko teams raise over £32,000 for Gwent Wildlife Trust!

Monday 6th March 2017

Wilko in Caldicot raise over £32,000 for GW as their charity of the year!Wilko raise over £32,000 for GWT

Team members at wilko Distribution Centre in Caldicot, Magor, spearheaded by a dedicated charities team, have already helped raise over £32,000 for Gwent Wildlife Trust through our charity partnership.

Gwent Wildlife Trust are completely bowled over by the incredible level of support we've received so far from Wilko, as their 2016/17 charity of the year. The team members at the family retailer’s Distribution Centre in Caldicot, Magor, spearheaded by a dedicated charities team, have already helped raise over £32,000 through their Charity of the Year partnership. The team in Caldicot has raised funds through activities such as bake sales and pop up stands at the Newport Gwent Dragons games, local community events and Gwent Wildlife Trust family days at Magor Marsh. This generosity has been boosted by wilko’s national team, who have contributed a percentage of their carrier bag levy income and funds raised through activities such as their annual charity ball at Leeds Royal Armouries.

Debbie Stenner, Marketing Manager at GWT said, “We have been completely bowled over, not just by the amount raised for us by wilko, but also all the incredible amount of time and energy that wilko team members have put in. We’re so grateful to the charities team, especially Elaine Griffiths, Rose Phelps and their families who have given us so much of their time to raise awareness of Gwent Wildllife Trusts’ work and raise funds to support it.”
“Wilko’s Caldicot distribution centre is located within the beautiful and wonderfully biodiverse Gwent Levels landscape. Our Magor Marsh nature reserve, just up the road, provides a special place for local people to enjoy and learn about the natural world. The wildlife and natural environment of the Gwent Levels is particularly under threat at this time, so we’re incredibly grateful to have wilko’s support which is helping us secure the future of many important habitats and species, which might otherwise be lost.
Rose Phelps, one of the Doing Our Bit champions said, “We really do enjoy working with everyone from Gwent Wildlife Trust and are glad we can help.”

And wilko have announced that they are extending the current partnership with us until January 2018. Hannah O’Sullivan, Charity and Community Co-ordinator at wilko said, “As a family run business, supporting great work in our communities 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. We’re extremely proud of our team members at our centre in Magor for all the hard work they have put in to supporting the Gwent Wildlife Trust.” Heath Twist, General Manager at wilko’s Distribution Centre in Caldicot said, “The team here truly love supporting and fundraising for you and this is clear to see with all of the great photos and stories we get to see – not forgetting the incredible figure that has been raised so far. So we’re pleased to extend our partnership with Gwent Wildlife Trust for another eight months.”