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April 2020

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We are proud to continue our surport for the Bury Homeless Charity.

Whilst we are all experiencing this pandemic, the Bury Homeless project continues to provide their amazing care to the vulnerable and homeless adults in the #bury #community we are #proud to continue to support them.

We have moved our Bury Homeless Project drop off point on to the Mall, just to the right of Boots. This is now a #safe #nocontact point for you to drop off your donations. If you can manage to buy one or two extra #essentials for a fantastic #local #charity whilst you are visiting us, it would be gratefully received.

Kirsty Williams, The Centre Manager and Graham Bentley, the Deputy Centre Manager of the Mill Gate

April 2020


Local football team says thank you to the NHS and key workers

Local football team, Roach Dynamos, have come together to say thank you for all the hard work that the NHS and other key workers are doing.

Each member on the under 10s football team were asked to take a photo of themselves in their football kit with their hands cupped to make a heart shape as an appreciation to the NHS and key workers.

The photos have all been collected and put together as a thank you card, which have been sent out to the local hospitals, care homes and key workers’ places of work, so they know the local community is supporting them every step of the way.

On the card, you can see the budding youth team, Roach Dynamos JFC Under 10s donning their well-known orange and black stripe kit, which is sponsored by Specsavers in Bury.

The store has provided key items for the team, including shorts, shirts, and socks.

Claire Watters, store director, said: “It’s really important for us as a business to do our bit to support local community groups through these challenging times, just like how the boys are supporting the key workers.”

Andrew Barnes, who is the chairman of the Roach Dynamos JFC, said: “All of the boys who play for Roach Dynamos JFC are very dedicated to the game and are a close-knit team, so I know it has been very difficult for them to not play football together with the current situation.

“However, it’s fantastic to see them come together in a different way and support the incredible work that the front-line workers are doing. It makes me very proud to be their chairman.

“Additionally, we are very grateful to Claire and the team at Specsavers, Bury for all their support over the past season and we look forward to welcoming them to come and watch the boys play in the future when it is safe to do so.”

Specsavers’ teams are classed as key workers to provide urgent and essential eye care to those who need it. This includes supporting other key workers who couldn’t function without their help and people who would come to harm without their health expertise, especially where the usual hospital services and NHS facilities are being prioritised for the fight against COVID-19.

April 2020



The staff at Specsavers stores in Bury have focused their sights on helping to hand-deliver prescriptions to those in need across the region, continuing to support the local community in isolation.

Although the stores are only open for emergencies, employees across the region have been quick to adapt, and are now hand-delivering prescriptions to those that need it most.

Claire Watters, Store Director at Bury, comments: ‘Although the outbreak has closed our stores for all but emergencies, the Specsavers team across the region have been steadfast in ensuring our commitment to helping the community continues.

‘Specsavers’ teams are classed as key workers as we provide urgent and essential eye care to those who need it. This includes supporting other key workers who couldn’t function without our help and people who would come to harm without our expertise, especially where the usual hospital services and NHS facilities are being prioritised for the fight against COVID-19.’

‘Directors across the region have been hand delivering prescriptions to those in need in recent weeks, and at Bury, we’ve already delivered over 40 prescriptions across the area since the start of the isolation period.’

Bury will be open for emergencies from 9am-1pm Monday to Saturday with a skeleton staff in place adhering to social distancing. The support has been widened to include triage appointments carried out by phone or over video calls, where possible, and only one customer is permitted in the store at any given time.

Customers can phone the store for advice and assessments on the level of care that they might need, the only exception being key workers who are able to walk in and seek immediate advice. Glasses and contact lenses can also be purchased online for customers with a current prescription.

For more information, please visit

Mill Gate Bury Specsavers contact number - 0161 763 3916


March 2020

Let’s fill our Facebook page with your Rainbow drawings and paintings


Keep hold of your pictures and you can come and display them all in the Mill Gate Shopping Centre after the lockdown is over

Rainbow pictures call to action

August 2019

Loneliness can be a serious health condition. Unlike other ailments, the symptoms of loneliness can be hard to detect to everyone but the person having them. A new initiative in the UK aims to combat the problem by making it easier for people who feel alone to socialize with strangers.

Mill Gate has recently unveiled the ‘chit chat chair’ encouraging people to talk. The sign reads: “Chit Chat Chair. A friend is only a seat away. Say hello today.’

June 2019

Mill Gate is once again supporting the Bury Corporate Challenge in a bid to help raise funds for Bury Hospice to open two new beds in 2019. Find out more here.

On Saturday 15th June, Mill Gate Shopping Centre Bury took part in One Great Day, an opportunity to raise money for local Forget Me Not children’s hospice Grace’s Place and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. Find out more here.

Mill Gate is once again supporting the Bury Corporate Challenge in a bid to help raise funds for Bury Hospice to open two new beds in 2019. <a href=

March 2019

Our #WrapUpBury campaign to collect donations for the homeless has been extended for at least another few months. Donations can be made to either the ‘pop up’ unit on The Mall or to Customer Services - 7 days a week. Find out more here.

A new scheme that is aimed at reducing loneliness and social isolation has recently been launched at BAP and Trisians Family Restaurant. The Friendly Café Scheme allows people the chance to have a drink and a chat with someone else. Find out more here.

The Book Nest is now open, a reading haven where shoppers can donate their pre-loved books or simply pick up their next read. You can donate your new or used books at Customer Services now. Find out more here.

December 2018

#WrapUpBury - A six-week appeal to help give vital support to people and families dealing with homelessness in the area. Find out more here.

November 2018

In support of Purple Tuesday, every Tuesday morning from 9am the centre will host a quiet hour where all music is turned off, enabling those who have autism, to enjoy a more peaceful shopping experience. Find out more here.

September 2018

Mill Gate colleagues have achieved a Level 2 award in World Host Customer Service retail staff training, which boosts skills including effective communication and creating great first impressions. Find out more here.

June 2018

We are delighted to announce that we are sponsoring Bury FC Ability football team for the 2018-19 season.

Ability Counts (Disability Football) provides participants with a social network centred around the football club, reducing isolation and improving confidence. Mill Gate’s association with this project will enable this important work to be more recognised and sustainable.

June 2018

In support of the World Cup, we have a football table in the centre, FREE to play!

We are now offering FREE drinking water at Customer Services on Minden Parade! Simply bring along your empty water bottles and refill them! This shopping centre initiative is designed to cut disposable plastic bottle use and encourage reuse.

FREE Wi-Fi is coming to the Centre next month.

February 2018

Grace’s Place official One Great Day chosen charity for 2018. Find out more here.

Bury Blind Society are back with their luxury gift wrapping services on the lead up to Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.

January 2018

The Centre is pleased to be renewing their sponsorship with Bury FC Ability Counts for another season!

MedEquip4Kids was presented with their cheque for over £1,000 from One Great Day fundraising in 2017

Bury and Whitefield Primary School were the winners of the Shop for School promotion and was presented with their cheque of £750! Find out more here.