For the duration of 2016, Festival Place’s chosen charity was Dreams Come True, a charity which helps bring joy to children and young people with serious and life-limiting conditions.
Over the course of the year, staff at the Basingstoke-based shopping centre worked hard to raise the profile of the charity through a number of fundraising initiatives including various raffles and donations made for Christmas gift wrapping at Festive Services. Collections were also in place at the shopping centre’s popular family events with Peppa Pig and PAW Patrol.
On Friday 17th February the Festival Place management team met with representatives from Dreams Come True and were delighted to be able to hand over a cheque for the sum of £11,511.86.
Yvette Copping, Community Fundraiser at the charity, said: “The staff and customers at Festival Place raised a staggering amount of money which will go towards making more dreams a reality and creating happy memories for years to come. Throughout the charity partnership Festival Place also helped to raise the profile of Dreams Come True in the local area and this has helped us recently launch our volunteer Development Group in Basingstoke. Volunteering within the local community is so important to us, they are our voice and we hope to build on this even further in the future to enable us to help even more children and young people fulfil their dreams! Details of how to get involved can be found on our website www.dreamscometrue.uk.com”
Festival Place Marketing Manager, Charlotte Ranger, said: “We are really happy to have been able to help a charity that does such good work in the community and we want to say a big thank you to our visitors for their generous donations. During 2017 we will be working with a new charity, Hampshire Air Ambulance, helping to raise funds so that they can continue to provide their invaluable service.”
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