Customers at Lakeside Village Shopping Outlet in Doncaster have voted for children’s hospice Bluebell Wood to be the chosen charity for 2017.
People were asked to nominate charities which were then shortlisted by the retailers based at Lakeside Village and three were put to the public vote.
John Magee, centre manager for Lakeside Village, said: “Huge congratulations to Bluebell Wood for winning our public vote. We are really looking forward to working with this extremely worthwhile cause to raise as much money as possible throughout the rest of 2017.
“We will work closely with the charity to plan out fundraising activities that can take place at Lakeside Village for our customers to get involved in, will take part in as many of Bluebell Wood’s existing fundraising events and look for volunteering opportunities where members of the management team can get involved and help to make a difference.
“This is our chosen charity and we intend to support it in any way we can.”
The centre’s fundraising efforts for Bluebell Wood will begin on April 1 2017 and will run until the end of March 2018.
“The two runner up charities - Eve’s Trust and Firefly Cancer charity will each receive a £150 gift card for Lakeside Village. We were completely overwhelmed by the number of charities put forward and it really shows how many good causes there are out there, with proactive and supportive volunteers,” added John.
Lakeside Village will continue to run the monthly Bag it for Bluebell Wood collections at the centre which sees in excess of 1000 bags of unwanted clothing dropped off each year making an estimated £14,000 for the charity.
David Hall who is one of the fundraiser’s from Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen as Lakeside Village’s charity for 2017 a huge thank you to the public for voting. We are really looking forward to working with the team at the centre to help them raise as much money as possible and to find as many ways for them to get involved at the hospice.
“We are here to support our children with life-limiting conditions and complex health needs; all while ensuring that Bluebell Wood is full of love and laughter and that our staff help to create treasured memories for families. It costs more than £4m a year to keep our doors open, so we are extremely grateful to Lakeside Village and the local community for this opportunity.”
For further information about Lakeside Village visit www.lakeside-village.co.uk.