It gives us great pleasure to announce Cotton Traders has passed the £1m fundraising milestone. They celebrated by presenting the official cheque to Help for Heroes Ambassador Bernie Broad, during the recent Cotton Traders annual golf day and dinner event – a regular feature in their fundraising calendar.
Cotton Traders has been raising funds for the Charity over the last seven years through the sale of its co-branded Help for Heroes clothing range, which includes t-shirts, shirts, polo shirts, wash bags and joggers and donating ten per cent of the sale price of each item. The company also piloted the option of adding a £1 donation to the Charity at checkout for online orders, which has proved very popular with its customers and raised over £62k to date. Cotton Traders' staff fundraising efforts have included their hugely successful annual golf day - which has raised over £104k in total - as well as retail fashion shows, raffles, cake sales, car washes, bike rides, marathons and treks.
The charity partnership started in 2011 and since then they have worked continuously to fundraise and help support Help for Heroes Recovery Centre in Catterick, North Yorkshire. The Centre plays a vital role in helping to inspire, enable and support wounded, injured and sick Service Personnel Veterans and their families from the North West, North East and Scotland. The £1,017,456 raised by Cotton Traders staff and customers plays a vital role in not only supporting the Recovery Centre in Catterick, but the thousands across the UK whose lives have been affected by their service.
Fran Cotton, Cotton Traders founder said: “We are over-the-moon to announce this significant milestone for both Cotton Traders and Help for Heroes. We’ve worked hard over the last few years to raise money so that the Charity can continue to carry out its fantastic support work for those who have suffered in the line of duty. We know the difference the £1,017,456 we have raised will make in funding the recovery services at Phoenix House Recovery Centre and reaching out to Veterans and their families who will need help in the future.”
Bernie Broad, Ambassador for Help for Heroes and captain of the 2017 UK Invictus Games team was present to collect the cheque. He said: “Since partnering with Help for Heroes in 2011, Cotton Traders has worked tirelessly to support our cause and we are truly humbled by this incredible donation. From the sales of merchandise to fundraiser events, they’re always looking for ways in which they can help us and raise funds. Each and every donation helps those lives have been affected by their service, and their families, to live independent and fulfilling lives.”