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Retail Trust Ball raises more than £1 million

The Retail Trust smashed all of its fundraising records with retailers donating just under £1.1 million at the charity’s ball last night.

The Retail Trust Ball, held at the Grosvenor House in London’s Park Lane, saw a host of retail industry figures attend.

Arcadia owner Sir Philip Green personally pledged £150,000. Jaeger owner Harold Tillman pledged a car. Marks & Spencer chairman Sir Stuart Rose gave £50,000, House of Fraser chairman Don McCarthy gave £25,000 and many other retailers gave generously.

The Retail Trust, the main charity for the retail sector, will use the money to help retail workers affected by the economic downturn. The trust’s services include a free and confidential Retail Trust Helpline and Outplacement service.

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