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Wigan Business Expo Twenty12 is Joining Jack
Monday 13th August, 2012

Wigan Business Expo Twenty12 is Joining Jack
Members of the Wigan Business Expo Steering Group and Joining Jack at DW Stadium

The steering group behind Wigan Borough’s biggest ever business event today announced that Wigan Business Expo Twenty12 will be supporting local charity, Joining Jack.

Joining Jack aims to raise money to fund research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), an incurable disease which affects one in every 3,500 boys. The charity is named after the son of Wigan Warriors’ legend, Andy Johnson. Jack was diagnosed with the fatal disease at the end of last year.

Andy Johnson says: “Since we launched the charity earlier this year the level of support has been overwhelming. Schools, businesses, people involved in sport and the general public have been so generous. To be the nominated charity for this year’s Wigan Business Expo is an amazing gesture of support and I’d like to thank the event organisers. If you are attending the Expo please take just five minutes to find out how you could help to find a cure for this devastating condition.”

Wigan Business Expo Twenty12 on Friday 12 October at DW Stadium will be one of the biggest business events of its type to be held in the North West in 2012. It will enable Joining Jack to generate much needed corporate support to fund research towards improved treatment and a cure for this disease.

Peter Rimmer, Chairman of Federation of Small Businesses – St Helens and Wigan branch, adds: “A lot of businesses partake in corporate social responsibility. It is a great way to make a difference and raise a company’s profile all at the same time. We want to encourage more businesses to be active in supporting good causes, especially those on their own doorstep. We are hoping that many of the 120 exhibitors and 1,000 expected delegates will add their weight to the Joining Jack campaign at Wigan Business Expo Twenty12.”

Cllr David Molyneux, Deputy Leader of Wigan Council and cabinet portfolio holder for regeneration says: “Partnerships between businesses and charities have benefits for both sides. We want to encourage more of these relationships within Wigan Borough as these have a positive effect on the local community and can assist a business in raising their profile and improving their brand image.”

Joining Jack will have a stand at the Expo and exhibitors and delegates will have the opportunity to talk to charity representatives at firsthand about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and potential partnerships.

Miranda Barker, Wigan President of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, adds: “We want Joining Jack to gain as much corporate support as possible and help find a cure for this devastating disease. To mark our partnership with the charity, we will be renaming the third floor exhibition lounge after Joining Jack. This is where they will be found on the day and we would encourage everyone to drop by and pledge their support for such a worthwhile cause.”

For more information about Wigan Business Expo Twenty12, please visit: www.wiganbusinessexpo.co.uk.

To pledge your support for Joining Jack or to find out more about the charity, please visit: www.joiningjack.org.uk

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