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Retail industry pledges £1m at Retail Trust Ball

The retail industry donated £1m to retail charity Retail Trust last night at its annual London Grosvenor House Ball.

The contributions came from personal pledges and corporate contributions from 1,200 retailers and business leaders including Arcadia Group chief Sir Philip Green, Marks & Spencer executive chairman Sir Stuart Rose, British Fashion Council chairman Harold Tillman, entrepreneur Theo Paphitis and Debenhams chief executive Rob Templeman.

Green donated over £100,000 to the charity while Tesco pledged £50,000 and River Island gave £25,000.

The silent auction on the night also raised £100,000 to the retail charity which has seen calls to its helpline soar 92% in what has been a difficult year for the industry.

Retail Trust chief executive Nigel Rothband said: “Tonight has been an amazing endorsement of the work we carry out at the Retail Trust, and of the industry itself in recognising the need to look after those going through tough times - those who have given time, effort and dedication through their working day and beyond to the retail sector, and who deserve support from us when they most need it.”

The final votes were also cast to choose the winner of Retail Trust’s Search for a Star competition with the four finalists performing live at the event.

H Samuel’s Nicola Cassells from Ayr won the accolade and will now enjoy an all expenses trip to Monaco and the opportunity to be signed up by talent agency CAA.

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