Author: Parkway Shopping Centre
After a busy festive period for retailers, The Parkway Shopping Centre in Coulby Newham has declared that it also proved a very successful time for the many charities it worked alongside.
In December alone, the centre helped raise over £5,500, giving much needed donations to local charities in the area.
Zoe France, Centre Manager explains: “We’ve done a number of initiatives over the Christmas period to help these hard-working charities. Some appeals were to raise funds, others to receive donations of toys, but all of them helped raise awareness of what each charity offers and why it’s so important.”
Along with retail staff at the centre raising money via a Christmas Jumper Day, TFM’s Cash for Kids ‘Mission Christmas’ also proved how generous shoppers to the centre were.
A large van with an additional six boxes of brand-new toys and gifts, were distributed to children who otherwise may not have received any presents on Christmas morning.
Teesside Hospice launched their ‘Light up a Life’ Christmas tree, in the centre’s busy foyer.
In the 6 weeks it was there it raised over £1,200 by offering shopper’s a heartfelt dedication in exchange for a donation.
Father Christmas welcomed over 2500 visitors to his grotto, raising £1,200 for Remembering Rebecca, who offer financial assistance to children with neurological conditions and Cause Hampers, who work with social workers, schools and charities to identify those who would benefit most from receiving a Christmas hamper.
Zoe France continues: “With the support of our shoppers and retailers, such as Tesco, Bentleys and Boyes, we really feel that we have made a difference. Christmas is a very busy time for retail in a very challenging economic climate, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun.
I’m proud of the Parkway team and our hands-on approach to fundraising. For Alzheimer’s Day, myself and the management team even dressed up as elves and offered an extra pair of hands in our busy stores!”