Appeal launched for Walthamstow fire victims

Walthamstow Appeal launched to support those affected by the fire at The Mall Walthamstow

Capital & Regional, the owner of The Mall Walthamstow, where a serious fire recently broke out impacting on a number of local businesses and their staff, is partnering with retailTRUST, the leading retail industry benevolent charity, to launch an appeal to support those employed at The Mall and who have been negatively affected by the incident.

retailTRUST has set up a Just Giving page and it and Capital & Regional have each pledged £25,000 on an initial basis, with a contribution from Waltham Forest Council of £10,000 bringing the starting amount to £60,000. The Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust is also supporting the campaign and offering its services to The Mall community.

Capital & Regional CEO Lawrence Hutchings said: “The Mall is at the heart of the community in Walthamstow and we understand that the fire has had an impact on some people working in our stores in addition to the many people who work and live locally. Our priority is to have the centre fully operational again as safely and promptly as possible. To this end, a number of stores have been able to open and others will do so in a phased manner, however it could take some time before those stores that were more seriously damaged can reopen. In the meantime, we are working very hard to provide help and support to those experiencing hardship as a result of the fire, including this partnership with the two foremost charities in our sector to offer additional financial and emotional assistance.”

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