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18 September 2018

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham admires Latics' work in the community and believes the partnership will benefit The Brick massively.

  • Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham full of praise for Wigan Athletic.
  • Former Leigh MP delighted The Brick named as Wigan Athletic's Charity of the Season for the 2018-19 campaign.
  • Partnership aims to raise £100,000 to buy The Brick Works centre.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has described The Brick’s partnership with Latics as “hugely positive” for the region, with the link set to continue to aid thousands of people across Wigan Borough.

The Brick, who help people facing homelessness, poverty and debt crisis across Wigan and Leigh, have been named the club’s charity of the season for a second successive year. The partnership’s aim is to raise £100,000 to buy The Brick Works centre on Hodson Street near Wigan town centre.

The move has been endorsed by the Mayor of Greater Manchester, who has pledged to end rough sleeping in GM by 2020, with the former MP for Leigh praising both organisations for their work.

He said: “I’m really pleased about this news because as Mayor of Greater Manchester I’ve made ending rough sleeping and tackling homelessness a top priority. I want to get all Greater Manchester borough’s pulling behind that objective, so to have one of our successful football teams partnering with such a great charity sends a hugely positive message out not only in Wigan Borough, but right throughout Greater Manchester.

“We can see the growing number of people huddled in doorways all over Greater Manchester and it’s a reflection of life becoming so much more insecure these days. We’re all just a couple of bits of bad luck away from being in those doorways ourselves, so this partnership is a recognition that rough sleeping and homelessness could hit any of us and that’s why we all need to understand the causes of it.

“We’re living in times where mental health is a bigger concern, people are feeling more stressed so we’ve all got to come together as one society to say it’s not acceptable in this day and age that anyone spends a night without a roof over their heads. We all believe that we can come together in Greater Manchester to look after everybody and that’s what this campaign is all about.”

Andy commended Latics’ work in the community and called on the club’s supporters to show their generosity to The Brick once more this season, with funds raised helping to secure the charity’s long-term future.

“I know many of the great supporters of Wigan Athletic and know just how loyal they are. They will rally around this important cause and I’m really pleased to see Latics not just succeeding on the pitch but making sure it doesn’t forget its root in the community, like some have, but not this club. They’re successful on it and are doing all the right things off it.

“Every time I visit The Brick I’m just blown away by what they’re doing. I obviously saw The Brick grow first hand when I was MP and heard people talk about the difference the staff there had made to people’s lives. It’s an organisation that everyone in the borough is hugely proud of, but this partnership with Wigan Athletic as it goes into its second year means they can do so much more and help more people.”

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