From sponsored walks, bike rides and bake-offs, to charity football matches and even body waxing, staff throughout the chain hosted a range of events to raise the funds.
Charities benefiting from the monies raised include Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, The Children’s Air Ambulance, Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice, Refuge, Canine Partners, Guide Dogs for the Blind and The Children’s Hospital Charity in Sheffield.
Top fundraising stores included Sunderland, which raised over £17,000 for Alzheimer’s Society, followed by Gillingham in Kent, which raised over £14,000.
The family chair of Wilko’s charity committee Nick Wilkinson said: “As a family-run business, charity and supporting great work within our communities has, and always will be, at the heart of everything we do. The fantastic support of our customers and team members means we are able to consistently support charities close to our hearts.
“We’re extremely proud of our team members for all the hard work they’ve put in over the past 12 months to fundraise in their local areas. Without this and the support of our customers, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve and exceed our £1 million target! [The final total of] £1.3 million is an outstanding sum of money and will undeniably make a real difference to these hugely important charities, changing many people’s lives for the better.”
Wilko operates 402 stores stores nationwide and two distribution centres. Key product ranges include homeware and furnishings, garden and outdoor lifestyle products, DIY and decorating and health & beauty.