Three South-Yorkshire charities have been shortlisted to be named Lakeside Village’s Charity of the Year.
Eve’s Trust, Firefly Cancer Awareness & Support and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice have been named in the final phase of a search launched by the retail outlet shopping centre.
The shortlisted trio, chosen by the centre’s retailers from nominations made online, will now be put to the shoppers’ vote, with token drop boxes located at the centre until Saturday 11 March.
John Magee, centre manager, said: “We do a lot of work for charity and the local community here at Lakeside Village, so it made sense to get our shoppers involved and ensure we’re working for causes that are close to their hearts.
“We launched our search for a Charity of The Year via social media in January and the response has been overwhelming, with almost 1,500 suggestions from people through our Facebook and Twitter channels.
“It’s been a hard job to narrow the suggestions down, but our retailers have done a great job sorting through all the charities put forward to us on social media.
“It’s now over to our shoppers to place their votes and select our Charity of the Year for 2017.”
Shoppers visiting Lakeside Village can vote by making a purchase and receiving a token to place in their selected charity’s box in the indoor area, located next to Ernest Jones.
Based in Doncaster, Firefly Cancer Awareness & Support aims to help local people get to and from hospital cancer units with as little stress and trauma as possible, using the ‘Firefly Express’ – a free, comfortable, door-to-door taxi service.
Eve’s Trust is a non-profit organisation that donates the money it raises to help terminally or seriously ill patients fulfil their dreams.
Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice cares for children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions.
John added: “We wish all three of the charities the best of luck and encourage our shoppers to get involved in this worthwhile process.”
For further information, please visit www.lakeside-village.co.uk