With over 300 stores, River Island has a place in the hearts' of communities across the UK and the world and we're proud to support the charities and organizations that strive to improve these communities. Our approach is to provide funding to charities to allow them to use their expertise to provide the greatest benefit possible to those in need. Sometimes there is a clear link with what we do, sometimes there isn't, but there is always a clear need for what they do. Here are some of the charities we currently support…
River Island has been supporting our Dutch charity partner, Jantje Beton. We have donated all of the plastic bag levy (10c per bag) from our Dutch stores to the charity and our store staff have been helping raise awareness in February. The charity provides children's play areas in schools and urban communities where there are no suitable facilities.
Life can throw a lot your way, which can be hard to tackle alone. If you're between the ages of 13-25, The Mix is here to help. A free, confidential service, The Mix offers a wide variety of support, tackling issues from homelessness to drugs, and even finding a job. Their friendly support team can offer advice over the phone, text, web, and in live counselling sessions.
Newlife's valuable mission is to work together to change the lives of children with disabilities or terminal illnesses, and help their families. A truly worthy cause, River Island is proud to support Newlife as the largest charity supplier of specialist equipment and whose Nurses offer support and care for families. Since our partnership in 1991 we've provided funding for pioneering medical research and campaigning for the rights of children with disabilities.
River Island has supported Fashion Targets Breast Cancer for 19 years, raising over £2m in that time. 30% of the funds made from our Fashion Targets Breast Cancer t-shirt sales go towards helping women whose lives have been affected by breast cancer.
River Island and the Lewis Family has worked alongside Young Epilepsy since 2011 and proudly supported the construction of their new school.
"River Island has been instrumental in helping us reach young people with epilepsy at universities. We remain so grateful for their support, giving children with epilepsy across the UK better futures to look forward to"
Sir Gerald Acher CBE LVO, President
Epilepsy Society is the UK's leading medical and research epilepsy charity and River Island is proud to have supported this initiative for the last three years. The 'Everyone Knows Someone' campaign has proved hugely successful in raising awareness to support those affected by epilepsy.
Chickenshed works to ensure no child or young person, however disadvantaged or socially deprived, is ever excluded. River Island's support of this charity helps them to provide 1,000 people every week with an opportunity to interact with and learn from peers.
"What Chickenshed does so magnificently is to inspire and cultivate empathy and develop emotional intelligence in every child and young person."
Parent of a Chickenshed Children's Theater member
Magic Bus is a mentoring organization working with children and young people living in marginalised communities in India and the UK. Since 2007, River Island and the Lewis family have partnered with the organization to provide support, assist with the expansion of the program in the Indian state of Karnataka and further develop their work in the London borough of Lambeth.
There are 39 million blind people in the world, but would you believe a massive 80% of blindness is preventable or curable. Sightsavers works in developing countries to help blind people see, prevent others from going blind unnecessarily, and support those living independently if their sight loss can't be undone.
"We count River Island and the Lewis Family amongst our closest partnerships - over the last ten years the family's generosity has helped thousands of people in some of the world's poorest countries..."
Dr Caroline Harper, CEO of Sightsavers
The British Red Cross works with Red Cross partners around the world to assist those in crisis. River Island and the Lewis Family are proud to have supported the work of this valuable charity since 2008. Among many things, our work with the Red Cross has helped them to deliver safer, cleaner water to communities in Ethiopia and Kenya.
Granting wishes for children living with serious or life-limiting illness all across the UK (aged 3 - 18), Rays Of Sunshine provides a moment of escape. River Island is proud to support this charity who give brave and deserving young people the chance to put their illness on hold.
"We are delighted to be working in partnership with River Island. Seriously ill children and teenagers often lack self-esteem and confidence and being able to offer them a private experience at a River Island Style Studio is a real privilege."
Jane Sharpe, CEO, Rays of Sunshine
Many children today are not sufficiently active. Playing outdoors is not just fun for children, it is essential for their development, physically and emotionally.
Many neighborhoods in the Netherlands have limited opportunities for playing outdoors and playgrounds are often far away from homes or unimaginative and therefore unattractive and boring. That's why Jantje Beton is committed to work together with children and communities to make playing outdoors in their own neighborhoods easier and more fun.