Management at the newly-opened John Lewis Oxford store have launched a new fund for Oxford. The Westgate Fund is held with Oxfordshire Community Foundation and will make grants to charities and community groups working with disadvantaged people in the city.
John Lewis Oxford’s branch manager Julie Blake announced a donation of £125,000, and other businesses are being encouraged to come on board to co-create a lasting legacy that will be available to support local charitable organisations over the long term.
She said: “The opening of the new Westgate centre, along with the overall redevelopment of the city’s west end, is an important moment in Oxford’s evolution. Since arriving here earlier this year, I can see that there is great excitement locally about the new facilities and the prosperity it is hoped they will bring.
“However, the companies involved in the Westgate’s development, including John Lewis, acknowledge that the city has many unacceptable social problems that do not sit so easily with the launch of a sophisticated new shopping experience.”