Shop Direct raised £440,000 for Claire House’s new site in Liverpool

Liverpool,UK, 2017-Nov-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shop Direct has raised £440,000 in just 12 months to digitally equip Claire House’s new site, which will support hundreds of seriously and terminally ill children in Liverpool and the wider North West.

In September 2016, the 4,700-strong team at Shop Direct voted for Claire House Children’s Hospice as its charitable partner of the year for 2016/17. The charity helps seriously ill children live life to the full by creating wonderful experiences and bringing a sense of normality to family life.

Since then, colleagues across the etail giant’s sites in Liverpool and Manchester have undertaken a variety of fundraising activities including a charity ball for over 1,000 people, mountain climbing, fun days, worldwide marathons, skydiving, cycling and a digital dog show.

Shop Direct has also worked with Claire House to form a new innovation board, which is helping the charity to define what a world class digital hospice is and deliver the plans, which will create a lasting legacy for the North West.

The corporate partnership, which is Claire House’s biggest to date, has helped the charity put in place futureproof digital infrastructure like cabling, Wi-Fi and server technology at its new site located in the West Derby area of Liverpool. In addition, Claire House is modernising paper-based systems so its teams can deliver a more personalised service while caring for children in their own homes, as well as at the site.

The team at Shop Direct is also helping to fund and design an interactive multi-media suite for use by the children and families who visit the centre. It will include cutting-edge technology and innovative sensory treatments.

Alex Baldock, group CEO at Shop Direct, said: “We’re passionate about the North West and helping our local communities, but even we were blown away by the huge, huge difference Claire House makes in the lives of children and their families. It’s a charity that’s close to a lot of our colleagues’ hearts, and we were all delighted to support them.

“Everyone at Shop Direct has got behind Claire House in some style; raising more than we’ve ever raised before in a charity partnership and smashing our original £400,000 target. Our colleagues’ ambition and commitment has been inspirational; from the person who is completing seven marathons to the colleague who got a Claire House tattoo.

“We’re delighted that the money we’ve raised will help to transform the charity’s new site, making a massive difference to children and their families’ for years to come. We can’t wait for the next stage of our partnership, which will see us work together on a cutting-edge multimedia suite.”

David Pastor, Chief Executive at Claire House, commented: “Not only has this been Claire House’s largest corporate partnership, it’s been one of our most successful, with both organisations working closely together on a common goal; to support the children and families we care for.

“We’re so grateful to everyone at Shop Direct who have got behind our cause so wholeheartedly and really helped us kick start our journey to reaching every family that needs us.”

ABOUT CLAIRE HOUSE
Claire House Children’s Hospice helps seriously and terminally ill children live life to the full by creating wonderful experiences and bringing back a sense of normality to family life. By providing specialist nursing care and emotional support Claire House helps families smile again when life couldn’t get any tougher.

Offering care whenever and wherever it’s needed, the hospice provides various therapies, day care, short breaks, counselling and end of life care. Claire House offers parents some desperately needed time off with the peace of mind that their children are being well looked after. The hospice provides someone to talk to and specialist counselling and family support. Families also get a chance to get to know each other and meet with other people going through similar experiences through days out, experiences and support groups.

www.clairehouse.org.uk
www.facebook.com/ClaireHouseCH
www.twitter.com/ClaireHouse
www.instagram.com/clairehouse

ABOUT SHOP DIRECT
Shop Direct is the UK’s second largest pureplay digital retailer, with annual sales of £1.93 billion. Our digital department store brands are Very.co.uk, Littlewoods.com, VeryExclusive.co.uk and LittlewoodsIreland.ie. We receive an average of more than 1.3 million website visits every day, with 69% of online sales completed on mobile devices.

We exist to make good things easily accessible to more people. With our department store range of famous brands, market-leading technology and data capabilities and unique financial services products offering flexible ways to pay, we’re well placed to deliver on that promise.

We sell more than 1,800 famous brands, including big name labels and our own exclusive brands. We have four million customers and deliver 49 million products every year. Our free click and collect service, Collect+, delivers to 6,500 stores across the country, increasing ease and convenience for customers.

For more information on Shop Direct, visit www.shopdirect.com or follow us on Twitter at @ShopDirect.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Shop Direct
Dave Lafferty
dave.lafferty@shopdirect.com
07552 283 266

Source: Shopdirect

Shop Direct’s charity ball raised £150,000 to support development of Claire House Children’s Hospice Liverpool site

Liverpool,UK, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shop Direct, which operates retail brands including Very.co.uk and Littlewoods.com, raised £150,000 at its fourth biennial charity ball, which this year was a disco extravaganza.

Funds raised from the event will go towards helping Claire House Children’s Hospice to begin developing a world class, digitally-enabled hospice in Liverpool.

The ball, which was held on Friday 9 December at the Liverpool Exhibition Centre, saw 1,000 guests enjoy a spectacular evening of entertainment. They danced the night away and got lost in the music of disco queens Sister Sledge, as well as ‘Rivers of Babylon’ singers Boney M.

Guests also bid to win a selection of coveted items and experiences, with lots including a three day charter aboard a luxury yacht for 11 people, starting in Palma, Majorca, and VIP hospitality for 10 people to attend Liverpool FC vs Arsenal in a private box, which fetched £8,500 and £10,000 respectively.

Celebrities including the UK’s favourite interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, TV personality and DJ Kate Lawler, model Vogue Williams, Hollyoaks actresses Sophie Porley and Amanda Clapman, and TOWIE stars Jessica Wright and Lydia and Debbie Bright ensured it was a star-studded night. The evening was expertly hosted by Littlewoods.com brand ambassador, Myleene Klass.

Money raised from the event will go to Shop Direct’s 2016/17 charity partner, Claire House Children’s Hospice.

Shop Direct has committed to raising £400,000 for the charity through colleague activities and events, as well as providing industry-leading knowledge to help Claire House begin the development of a world class, digitally-enabled hospice in Liverpool. The new site will support the charity’s existing Wirral hospice, which currently helps over 200 children and their families each year.

The partnership will help Claire House put in place futureproof digital infrastructure at the new site, and fund and design an interactive multi-media suite for use by the children and families who visit. Shop Direct will also form a new innovation board with Claire House, which will help define what the new hospice will look like.

Alex Baldock, CEO at Shop Direct, said: “It was a fantastic night and we were blown away by the huge generosity of our guests – we can’t thank them enough. This money will make a massive difference to the way Claire House helps seriously and terminally ill children in the North West in the years to come.

“I also want to say a big thank you to our generous sponsors, partners, colleagues and volunteers for donating a wonderful selection of prizes, for their help on the night, and for their continued support of Shop Direct and Claire House.”

David Pastor, CEO at Claire House, commented: “We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has made such amazing donations. This money will help us reach more children in the North West who desperately need our help.

“We are also very excited that our partnership with Shop Direct not only allows us to raise money but also to take advantage of their digital expertise to help us deliver the best in care and support, now and in the future, to the hundreds of families who depend on us.”

ABOUT SHOP DIRECT

Shop Direct is the UK’s second largest pureplay digital retailer, with annual sales of almost £1.9 billion. Our digital department store brands are Very.co.uk, Littlewoods.com, VeryExclusive.co.uk and LittlewoodsIreland.ie. We receive an average of more than 1.2 million website visits every day, with 62% of online sales completed on mobile devices.

We exist to make good things easily accessible to more people. With our department store range of famous brands, market-leading ecommerce and technology capabilities and unique financial services products offering flexible ways to pay, we’re well placed to deliver on that promise.

We sell more than 1,300 famous brands, including big name labels and our own exclusive brands. We have four million customers and deliver 49 million products every year. Our free click and collect service, Collect+, delivers to 5,800 stores across the country, increasing ease and convenience for customers.

For more information on Shop Direct, visit www.shopdirect.com or follow us on Twitter at @ShopDirect.

ABOUT CLAIRE HOUSE CHILDREN’S HOSPICE

Claire House Children’s Hospice helps seriously and terminally ill children live life to the full by creating wonderful experiences and bringing back a sense of normality to family life. By providing specialist nursing care and emotional support Claire House helps families smile again when life couldn’t get any tougher.

Offering care whenever and wherever it’s needed, the hospice provides various therapies, day care, short break, counselling and end of life care. Claire House offers parents some desperately needed time off with the peace of mind that their children are being well looked after. The hospice provides someone to talk to and specialist counselling and family support. Families also get a chance to get to know each other and meet with other people going through similar experiences through days out, experiences and support groups.

www.clairehouse.org.uk
www.facebook.com/ClaireHouseCH
www.twitter.com/ClaireHouse

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Shop Direct:
Dave Lafferty
07552 283 266

Claire House Children’s Hospice:
Hannah Shannon
07904 529296

Source: Shop Direct