08Feb
  • The Brick and Latics have raised over £50K towards their £100K goal
  • The Brick helped 473 people to have a better Christmas, due to the Christmas hampers donation drive

The Brick and Wigan Athletic joined forces, once again, this season to look to raise an incredible £100,000 towards The Brick Works helping to secure the charity’s long-term future.

Since the launch of the partnership, just four months ago, The Brick can reveal that due to generous donations from Wigan Athletic, Latics fans and individuals, families, community groups and businesses across Wigan and Leigh, that they are well on the way to smash their target, which will help them to secure the future of The Brick.

In addition to the money raised, 153 hampers were donated to families, who needed it most at Christmas, across Wigan and Leigh. The generous donations of food, toys, Christmas decorations and treats helped 473 people aged from 2 months to 75 years of age, and far exceeded The Brick and Latics expectations.

Ged Bretherton, Business Director at The Brick, said: “We were really excited about the prospect of teaming up again with Wigan Athletic to be their Charity of the Year and to work together to raise the funds to buy our Brick Works building.

“What we did know is that  we could count on the support from Wigan Athletic and from the wider public and businesses from across the Borough. We have been blown away by the generosity of people and the genuine interest in how everyone can help us to erase poverty  and help some of the most vulnerable people in the Borough. This culminated in the huge donations of food, clothing and gifts for Christmas which was amazing.

“Our continuing partnership with Wigan Athletic and  their support with the upcoming Stadium Sleep will enable us to realise our ambition and hit the magic £100k target.”

Jonathan Jackson, Wigan Athletic Chief Executive, said: “We’re enjoying another successful partnership with The Brick this season and the work carried out by the charity and the football club has been really pleasing.

“A number of events have taken place, with particular highlights including the players’ involvement in various activities, service users of The Brick visiting the club’s training centre for Christmas lunch during the festivities and supporters giving generously to the charity’s donation drive on home match days.

“I’d encourage fans to keep fundraising for The Brick so they can continue to support people across Wigan Borough who are facing homelessness, poverty or debt crisis.”

The Brick has also seen an increase in the number of volunteers looking to offer their time and skills across all the services that The Brick provide, with a significant increase in interest from new volunteers at the Wigan and Leigh night shelters.

Fiona Robinson, Volunteer Coordinator at The Brick said: “As Volunteer Coordinator I have seen a massive increase in volunteer enquiries coming through, so much so I now have a dedicated volunteer assistant Larry who is helping me get through all the applications.

“More recently there has been a peak in volunteers for the evening and weekend roles at the night shelters and hubs but, as ever, we need more hands-on deck especially at the weekend at both the Leigh and Wigan hubs. So if you would like to come down and meet me for a taster session one evening or weekend, then please contact me at fiona@thebrick.org.uk  as I’d love to meet you .”

The Brick provide a safe, solid building block for people in crisis to begin to construct a new life and become valuable members of society.
If you would like to get involved with future Brick events, to donate or to volunteer at The Brick call 01942 417290.