Mill Gate raises £1,590 for children’s charities
Mill Gate’s staff have cleaned, painted, litter picked and dressed up to raise more than £1,590 for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice Grace’s Place in Bury and Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity.
The shopping centre ran One Great Day – a family fun day – to finish off a month of fundraising activities. They were joined by the UK’s most famous singing nun, Musical Ruth, who serenaded shoppers on her glittering mobile piano during the day. It was also the celebration of Mill Gate’s 26 year anniversary, so the Bury Times ran a competition to design celebration cup cakes for the shopping centre. Competition winners Daisy Openshaw, age 6, and Leah Hancock, 11, were presented with prize money at the event. Mill Gate staff and retailers dressed up for the occasion, wearing fantastic fancy dress costumes throughout the day.
Shoppers donated change to get their photo taken next to the famous Mutt Cutts car from slapstick comedy Dumb and Dumber.
The stilt walking Liquorice All Sorts Girls were there, meeting shoppers and giving out sweets. There was fundraising facepainting for youngsters too. And there were cupcakes for sale, donated by Mill Gate’s shops.
Centre manager Marie Gribben and her management team raised £1,000 in the run up to the event by ‘going back to the floor’, completing tasks such as cleaning, stocking shelves, litter picking and painting the staff room. Marie said: “We are delighted to be a part of One Great Day again this year. I would like to thank our shoppers for their generosity and our team at Mill Gate for working so hard to raise this money for Grace’s Place and Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed dressing up and helping at the event.
The One Great Day initiative is a series of family and community charity events held in shopping centres around the UK in july to raise money for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity and locally based children’s charities.