thecentre:mk delivers 12,000 wishes for Willen Hospice

Published: Monday, 17 February, 2014


If you threw a coin into the wishing pool at the centre of last year’s stunning Snow White in the Land of Enchanted Dreams Christmas display at thecentre:mk, then you have helped raise a fantastic £12,000 for Willen Hospice.  This is yet another increase on previous year’s donations and the highest amount raised by the wishing pool since 2008.

The wishing pool was designed to be even more enticing and fun for shoppers this year with a dark and light side of the pool, and with an additional vortex machine, the many thousands of coins proved it was spectacularly successful in doing so.  The coins were dried, sorted and counted by kind volunteers, helped by staff from Willen Hospice and the Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue service based at Great Holm.

Willen Hospice were chosen as thecentre:mk’s Christmas beneficiary enabling them to raise vital funds for their Young Person’s Support Service, which provides much needed help and emotional support for children and young people living with bereavement.

James Waugh, centre director of thecentre:mk commented: “Willen Hospice provides an essential service to the Milton Keynes community and to many individual lives.  We are thrilled our shoppers donated so generously and hope this will provide an amazing boost to both finances and morale.”

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Additional information for editors:  The wishing pool at thecentre:mk has been running for 28 years and has raised more than £410,000 for charities such as Age UK Milton Keynes, Tiggywinkles and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital Charity to name but a few.

For further information about thecentre:mk or to interview our spokespeople, please contact Helen Powell on 07768613291.

Notes to Editors
thecentre:mk is a regional shopping centre situated in the heart of Milton Keynes. With over 170 stores and over 1,000 brands, cafes and restaurants all under one roof, it is anchored by John Lewis, House of Fraser, Marks & Spencer and Next.

As the premier shopping destination in the region between London and Birmingham, Cambridge and Oxford, thecentre:mk enjoys around 24 million visits every year and is unrivalled in its customer service.

Included in the overall proposition are civic spaces and events venues; City Square, Queens Court and Middleton Hall which offer a varied programme of free events throughout the year, including fashion shows, motor shows, summer beach and the award winning Christmas display.