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7 February 2019

The Brick are fundraising to buy The Brick Works, a facility that offers training to increase employment opportunities for unemployed people.

  • The Brick help people who are homeless, in poverty or facing debt crisis.
  • Charity aim to raise £100,000 to purchase The Brick Works facility. 
  • Please text BRIK18 £5 to 70070 to donate to our charity of the season.

Wigan Athletic and The Brick joined forces for a second season at the start of the 2018/19 campaign with the aim of raising an incredible £100,000 to buy The Brick Works facility which would help to secure the charity’s future.

Since the launch of the year-long partnership in September 2018, the club's charity of the season have revealed that due to generous donations from fans, individuals, families, community groups and businesses across the borough that they are well on their way to reaching their huge target having already raised over £50,000.

The Brick Works facility, based on Hodson Street in Wigan town centre, offers training to increase the employment opportunities for unemployed people.

Jonathan Jackson, Latics Chief Executive, said: “We’re enjoying another successful partnership with The Brick this season and the work carried out between the charity and Wigan Athletic Football Club, Wigan Athletic Community Trust and the DW Stadium has been really pleasing.

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

“I’d encourage fans to keep fundraising for The Brick this season so that they can not only reach their £100,000 target to purchase The Brick Works, but also to allow them to continue to help people across the borough who are facing homelessness, poverty or debt crisis.”

During the Christmas period, staff and volunteers from The Brick used the Community Trust’s Montrose Skills Hub base for their Christmas Donation Drive, where 153 hampers were donated to families across the borough, with generous donations of food, toys, Christmas decorations and sweet treats helping a total of 473 people aged between 2 months and 75 years of age.

Ged Bretherton, Business Director at The Brick, said: “We were really excited to team up with Latics once again this year and knew we would be able to count on the support of the club’s fans and the wider public to help us raise awareness of our work and to donate vital funds.

“We really have been blown away by the generosity and the genuine interest shown in us so we can try to erase poverty and help some of the most vulnerable people in our borough.”

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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