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MORE THAN £25,000 RAISED FOR THE BRICK DURING THE 2017/18 SEASON

29 April 2018

The main fundraising event saw over 100 people take part in a SleepOut at the DW Stadium at the start of April.

  • The Brick have been the club’s official charity of the season.
  • They help people facing homelessness, poverty and debt crisis. 
  • Make a donation by texting BRIK18 £3 or BRIK18 £5 to 70070.

Over £25,000 has been raised for The Brick, the club’s official charity of the season, since the start of the partnership last September.

Latics Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson presented a cheque to John Parker, Chair of Trustees for The Brick, and Tom Darkey, Trustee for The Brick, at half-time at Saturday game against AFC Wimbledon at the DW Stadium.

The money raised for The Brick has come from a series of events, collections on matchdays, auctions and players visiting The Brick’s foodbank to help raise awareness of their work and to pack food parcels for people facing homelessness, poverty or debt crisis across Wigan.

Dan Burn, Michael Jacobs, Reece James, Samy Morsy and Will Grigg were among the stars who visited The Brick during the season.

Captain Samy, said: "Visiting The Brick was a real eye opener – before going along to hear about the services they provide for people in Wigan, I wasn’t aware of how big a problem homelessness was.

He added: “I’m pleased the club and the fans got behind the partnership because the charity do an amazing job on a daily basis."

The main fundraising event was held at the DW Stadium earlier this month, where over 100 people swapped their beds for sleeping bags for a night to take part in a SleepOut, raising £20,000 – with more money still coming in.

The club also hosted a Christmas hamper drive at Montrose Skills Hub, with Academy players joining volunteers to pack more than 160 hampers which were distributed to people in need before Christmas Day.

Jonathan Jackson, Wigan Athletic Chief Executive, said: "We’re delighted to have helped to raise so much money for a vital cause to support people living in Wigan borough who are facing homelessness, poverty or debt crisis."

The Brick provides a safe, solid building block for people in crisis to begin to construct a new life and become valuable members of society, with the money raised from the partnership supporting people across the Wigan borough, from crisis intervention to mentoring and training opportunities.

Nick Brookes, Business Director at The Brick, said: "We’ve been overwhelmed with not only the amount of money that has been raised thanks to the partnership with Wigan Athletic, but the profile it has given to The Brick's work to make sure no person in our community is left behind.

He added: “I would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the season, it will make such a difference to people's lives, and we hope to continue to work with the fantastic Community Trust and players at Latics."

For more information about The Brick, please visit www.thebrick.org.uk or to make a donation text BRIK18 £3 or BRIK18 £5 to 70070.

Wigan Athletic Football Club, Wigan Athletic Community Trust and the DW Stadium are committed to respecting and promoting equality and diversity across all its activities through Together.

Click here for more information about Together.


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