British retailer provides substantial help, raising more
Leading British clothing retailer, Next Plc, has committed Rs. 50 million in aid to areas of Sri Lanka affected by the recent tsunami, the company said in a statement adding that it was also hoping to raise a similar amount through voluntary donations from its employees, suppliers and friends around the world.

In a letter to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse, Simon Wolfson, Chief Executive of Next has expressed his deep sorrow at the tragedy that befell the country and has confirmed their commitment to help Sri Lanka in their efforts to rebuild the nation.

In his letter, Wolfson said that Next PLC has had a long and successful history within the Sri Lankan garment manufacturing industry with direct employment of 2300 and indirect employment of over 30,000 people through its other suppliers.

"Sri Lanka continues to be a very important part of our supply chain. We would very much like to give some practical support to Sri Lanka in this time of crisis. In addition to the contribution we will be giving to our direct employees, we would like to donate £250,000 towards the rebuilding of the affected communities within the island," he said Money donated by Next will be utilized in direct medical relief and in long term housing projects.

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