Victoria Shopping Centre has installed a wishing well for Saint Michael’s Hospice. They hope to raise £25,000 to support the hospice’s end of life care for the terminally ill.
The centre has raised £11,192 for Saint Michael’s and hope that the wishing well will encourage more shoppers to donate. Tony Collins, the hospice’s chief executive, says he is “delighted” with the initiative and the Victoria Centre’s support.
“We hope shoppers at the Centre enjoy making their wishes, particularly in the knowledge that their kind donations go directly to help local families living with terminal illness and bereavement. Each ‘wish’ will make a real difference to our work.”
The Hospice’s current running costs are around £6 million per year, which averages to £15,000 per day. It receives much of their funding through donations, fundraisers and sales from their eight Harrogate based charity shops.
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The Victoria Centre manager, James White, says they “couldn’t be happier” to support the hospice.
“Saint Michaels Hospice is a charity that we couldn’t be happier to support. Harrogate shoppers are well known for their generous contributions and compassion for others, so I’m sure this wishing well will be another success.It’s a fun way to donate to a highly worthy cause, as well as a great initiative to welcome back our shoppers to the centre.”
The well is located on the first floor, between Next and Toyland.