Shropshire furniture store backs packed programme of local causes and events.

Bosses at a Shropshire furniture department store are giving back to the community by investing more than £5,000 through sponsorship of county charities, organisations and events.

Alan Ward in Shrewsbury is well-known for supporting a wealth of community projects and this year, the company has budgeted more than ever before towards their charity work.

“We love to get involved with charities and groups and it’s important for Alan Ward to give its support and show we are part of the community,” said Kathy Lesser, marketing manager at Alan Ward.

“We are always delighted to be involved in events and it’s a way to thank the community for its long support of Alan Ward, which has been a part of Shrewsbury since 1970 when we opened our first store in Frankwell.

“The company now has four branches across Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire and Corporate Social Responsibility remains a key element of our business as we have seen the difference we can make to projects across the county.”

The company has sponsored the Shropshire School’s and College’s Football Association (SSCFA) for the last six years and has this year given £3,000 as patrons of the organisation.

 “We sponsor the President’s Trophy, which is a knock out competition for children under 16. It’s a lot of fun and the enjoyment of the children is the biggest reward,” Miss Lesser said.

Alan Ward, in Ennerdale Road, donated £500 worth of furniture to the Shrewsbury Regatta in May, which became the main raffle prize for the event.

“We have also given donations to a May ball in aid of Kidney Research UK, sponsored families to visit local circuses and are sponsoring a music and comedy festival in Shrewsbury in September,” Miss Lesser said.

“We also sponsored the Shrewsbury Lions Fun Day and the North Shropshire Hunt and are also heavily involved in the Macmillan Coracle World Relay Race and the Hope House Fashion Show.

Miss Lesser said for a company like Alan Ward, it makes sense to support community events.

“We are a local company and we support what happens in our area.

“We want our customers to know that some of the money they spend in our store will go towards helping people and events in their community.”

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