Since The Trafford Centre opened in 1998, £1.5million has been collected from coins dropped in the centre’s spectacular fountains.
Every single coin generously dropped into the water by shoppers is washed, cleaned, and then donated to three local nominated charities.
The Trafford Centre has now announced plans to extend its partnership with the three charities, providing an extra year of support following the pandemic.
St Ann’s Hospice, JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and MedEquip4Kids were chosen as recipients of the centre’s Fountain Fund for 2020 – 2021, as voted for by more than 17,000 visitors.
The three charities will continue to receive a share of the fountain funds until December 2022, as well as working closely alongside the centre on fundraising and awareness-raising campaigns.
Zoe Inman, Centre Director at The Trafford Centre, said: “Following more than a year of lockdowns and a challenging time for the charity sector, we have chosen to extend our partnerships with these three, fantastic charities. Another year of donations will make such a huge difference and support the fantastic work they do in the local area.”
Rachel McMillan, Chief Executive of St Ann’s Hospice, said: “We’re hugely grateful to The Trafford Centre for all the support they’ve given us over the last eighteen months, and are thrilled to be working in partnership with them again in the coming year too. As a charity that needs to raise £20,000 a day to keep our hospice sites and community services running for local patients, the money generously donated by the visitors to The Trafford Centre really does make a huge difference. It has allowed us to replace and purchase much-needed equipment to help us continue our specialist care, including new Syringe Drivers, a crucial piece of equipment allowing us to administer a number of different methods of medication. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, the news that we’ll continue to receive this generous support into next year really is a wonderful birthday present. Thank you so much.”
Janey Hellmen, Corporate Fundraiser at MedEquip4Kids, added: “The support from The Trafford Centre over the past 18 months has helped MedEquip4Kids provide much needed medical and play equipment for children, contributing to items such as sensory equipment and neonatal monitors, to hospitals in the North West. We are so proud to have been able to continue helping the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic which we could not have done without our incredible donors. We are absolutely delighted that The Trafford Centre is extending our partnership for an additional year which will help to give the charity stability as we recover from the impact of the pandemic.”
Jude Hughes, Senior Regional Fundraiser Northwest at JDRF, said: “We are absolutely thrilled about the news to extend our charity partnership with The Trafford Centre. The charity sector has been hit so hard over the last 18 months, and the money raised with the fountain coins has really helped JDRF North keep supporting those living with type 1 diabetes, with the funds contributing to important research into new treatments. We look forward to 2022, when our live Discovery Day events are back, and the money we raise at The Trafford Centre will help deliver these fantastic events.”