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Wren Living supports Community Foundations

31 March 2014

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Wren Living, the UK’s fastest growing kitchen, bedroom and furniture retailer, is donated more than £437,000 to charities supporting victims of the recent UK flood crisis. The Devon and the Cornwall Community Foundations received £50,000 each to support individuals and community groups that were affected by the storms and the floods this winter.

Wren donated 10 per cent of all sales between 9am on Saturday 22nd February and 6pm on Saturday 1st March to the UK Community Foundations charity, which is managing the Flood and Storm Appeal 2014, and the South Ferriby Flood Appeal.

£437,080 was raised in total throughout the week. £400,000 will be split between the Community Foundations working in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Devon, Norfolk, Somerset, Surrey and Wales and £37,080 will be donated to the South Ferriby Flood Appeal, an independent campaign which has been set up by the South Ferriby Parish Council.

Wren Living financial director Mark Pullan said: “Wren Living is a family business. Over 1,800 people work for the company and we were all saddened by the problems facing those affected by the floods. As such, the company took the decision to donate a proportion of our sales to these two appeals, which are working hard to support the families affected.”

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The donation(s) were presented to the Flood and Storm Appeal and the South Ferriby Flood Appeal (TBC) by Wren Living Creative Director Linda Barker on Wednesday, 19th March. Linda adds: “The recent storms have resulted in some truly tragic days for a lot of people and unfortunately the recovery process will be a long one. Hopefully this donation will go some way in helping those who have affected.”

Stephen Hammersley, UK Community Foundations’ Chief Executive, said: “We’re absolutely delighted with this very generous donation from Wren Living to UK Community Foundations’ flood and storm appeal fund. Many individuals, families and businesses are still suffering the longer term effects of the damage the floods and storms wreaked and all of this money will go towards supporting them. Wren Living is a fantastic example of how businesses support communities and how businesses and charities can come together to improve the lives of those in need across the UK.”

The Community Foundation’s are very grateful to the generosity of those who donated to the Devon Flood and Storm Fund and the CornwallEmergency Storm Relief.  Devon Community Foundation (DCF) and Cornwall Community Foundation (CCF) have raised over £260,000 during the first weeks of the appeal and welcomes applications from individuals and community groups who were severely affected by the recent storms. The application forms and further details are available at www.cornwallfoundation.com and www.devoncf.com/apply-for-a-grant/devon-flood-fund-grants.