Both local and national organisations have benefitted from the fundraising efforts by retail and leisure destination Festival Place throughout the course of 2019, with an incredible £44,639.75 raised for 15 different charities.
Festival Place’s 2019 charity of the year, for the second year running, is St. Michael’s Hospice, which provides care to people affected by life-limiting illness. In 2019 alone, Festival Place has contributed over £24,889 which could pay for the running of the Community Palliative Care Team for three weeks, 1,244 nurse hours and 39 days of care for a patient at the inpatient unit.
Collections flooded in via the shopping centre’s ‘community hotspot’ – a dedicated space for charities to raise awareness. A range of collections throughout the year resulted in £649.15 for Guide Dogs for the blind, £710.79 to RNLI, £708 for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and £468.43 for the Red Cross.
Later in the year a further £816.79 was raised for Parkinson’s UK, a total of £493.45 for Basingstoke Sea Cadets, £528.46 for Helping Hands for the Blind and finally a total of £442 for Four in a Bar.
A ‘Curiosity Shop’ opened in September, which saw two teams from Festival Place getting creative as they took on the Accumulator fundraising challenge set by St. Michael’s Hospice. Each team had to raise as much money as they could from an initial investment of £50, with a total of £1,923.06 being raised over the three-month period.
Head of Fundraising at St. Michael’s Hospice, Jackie Ridge, said: “It is a privilege to work with such a key employer in the town and with such passionate employees and their customers.
“They are clearly dedicated to making a difference in the community they work in and this shines through. The time they dedicate to supporting their local charities is exceptional.
“It is a delight and a pleasure to work with all at Festival Place and their customers.”
Throughout November and December, drop-in workshops run by The Hampshire Flower Studio, were attended by 226 people from the local community. The flower therapy workshops funded by Festival Place aim to bring people together in a calm, relaxing environment to aid mental health and wellbeing, and teach simple and practical skills. A sum of £3932.96 was raised, which will benefit The Pink & Blue Place, Anna’s Challenges, Sebastian’s Action Trust, Pelican Trust Foundation and The Arc Cancer Trust.
The Salvation Army also benefited from the Christmas festivities at Festival Place with their performances raising £8,000.
Neil Churchill, Centre Director at Festival Place, said “We consider ourselves at the heart of Basingstoke, so we’re delighted to be able to help so many charities.
“We’d like to thank everyone that participated in the fundraising efforts throughout the year and donated to such worthy causes in our local community.”