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IN 2021, LUKES LADS WAS OUR CHOSEN ‘CHARITY OF THE YEAR’ – RAISING AN INCREDIBLE £7557.25

We’re delighted to have raised over £7500 for a mental health charity in Batley

In a year that has seen spiralling mental health issues throughout the community, we’re proud to announce that we have raised £7557 for a Batley based charity that offers free training sessions to help promote physical and mental wellbeing.

Our fabulous colleagues and customers raised the funds for our 2021 Charity of the Year, ‘Luke’s Lads’ and sister charity, ‘Butterflies’ through a series of fund-raising events and collection boxes at the tills.

The Charity of the Year fundraising is managed by a committee led by our People and Culture team. Our People and Culture Business Partner, Becki Smith said: “Male suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK, with many men suffering in silence when they experience feelings of sadness, loneliness or anxiety.

“We’re delighted to have raised over £7,500 for such deserving causes. We would like to thank all of our colleagues and customers who supported everything from mammoth sporting events including a virtual walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats and an 80k cycle challenge to raffles and a festive bake-off competition.”

Luke’s Lads was established in 2018 to give people a safe place to express their feelings, get active and help promote physical and mental wellbeing. Both groups are supported by the charity TCD – Tackling social isolation in the Community through Diverse activities.

“TCD would like to offer our most sincere thanks to Tong Garden Centre, who chose to support Luke’s Lads and Butterflies throughout 2021. All of their hard work and the efforts of staff who took part in fund raising activities throughout the year raised over £7,500 – an amazing amount! This will fund three months’ worth of sessions for all of our groups – Luke’s Lads, Luke’s Lads Juniors and Luke’s Lads 16-19, Butterflies, Butterflies Juniors and Butterflies 16-19.

“Because of this generous donation, we can offer our sessions free of charge to those who need them. Thanks again, Tong Garden Centre. Your efforts have blown us away!” said Luke’s Lads co-founder, Elliott Gorman.

Since Tong Garden Centre was acquired by Mark and Tom in 2015, we have raised over £47,500 for charities, including Martin House Hospice, The Cellar Trust, Candlelighters and National Literacy Trust. We have also supported hundreds of smaller charities in the local community.

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We care passionately about how we do business and are proud to have a robust ‘Climate and Community’ commitment through our FOUR PILLARS that details our pathway to sustainability, the active role we play in our local community and the caring culture we have created for our people.

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