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18 September 2018

This is a different journey - Wigan Athletic and The Brick partner for a second successive campaign, with the goal to secure the charity's long-term future.

  • Latics and The Brick delighted to partner once again for the 2018-19 campaign.
  • Wigan-based organisation named the club’s Charity of the Season - along with Wigan Athletic Community Trust and Wigan Youth Zone.
  • Partnership will aim to raise £100,000 to buy the Brick Works centre. 

Wigan Athletic have teamed up with The Brick for a second season to help rebuild the lives of people facing homelessness, poverty and debt crisis across Wigan and Leigh.

Following a selection process, the Wigan-based charity will work closely with Latics throughout the 2018/19 season to aim to raise an incredible £100,000 to buy the Brick Works centre on Hodson Street near the town centre, which will secure their long-term future.

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. Services run by the charity include a Crisis Intervention Service and Wigan’s largest food bank, managed by a small team of staff and dedicated volunteers.  

Latics fans will again be able to donate food and toiletries to The Brick’s collection points on home match days this season, starting tonight against Hull City where representatives from the charity will be outside the South East corner of the stadium, as well as bucket collecting around the ground.

Jonathan Jackson, Wigan Athletic Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to partner with The Brick once again this season to help tackle homelessness, poverty and debt crisis across the borough. There were a number of highlights from last year’s partnership, and we look forward to working with the charity this season to raise the funds needed to secure their long-term future.”

The Brick Works, one of the charity’s innovative programmes, offers training to increase the employment opportunities for people who are unemployed for a variety of reasons, which may include homelessness, those who have been released from prison, people with mental health, low employability skills or the longer-term unemployed.

Ged Bretherton, Business Director for The Brick, said: “On behalf of our charity I’d like to thank Latics for trusting and supporting us for another 12 months to enable us to build the charity up brick by brick, but importantly to secure our long-term future by making the Brick Works our future home.

“The Brick aims to tackle homelessness and poverty right across the Wigan Borough and support some of its most vulnerable people, so we hope the club’s supporters will continue to show their immense generosity towards us as we embark on another exciting year-long partnership.”

For more information about The Brick, please click here

Please text BRIK18 £5 to donate to The Brick.

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.

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