Added on: 19th February, 2019 by Becca _27135
Halo Children’s Foundation opened a pop-up shop selling unwanted Christmas presents at intu Uxbridge on Monday 11 February, with the help of the Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr John Morgan and his wife, the Mayoress, Fiona Morgan.
Halo supports local children and their families after the loss of a loved one and is intu Uxbridge’s Charity of the Year for the second year running. The shopping centre has donated the unit to Halo free of charge for five weeks, as a way of helping to raise funds for the deserving cause.
In addition to selling unwanted pressies, the pop-up shop will benefit from a bereavement library and a play area. Children will be able to create a feather for the ‘Be an Uxbridge Angel’ campaign, which encourages people to place messages to lost loved ones on a mural display within the centre.
Every unwanted present on sale will be unused and in its original packaging or with tags so not only will you get that feel-good factor knowing you’re helping a worthy cause, but you’ll be able to grab some bargains too.
The pop-up shop will open 9.30am-5pm Mondays to Saturdays, and 11am-5pm on Sundays, until 19 March, in the unit where Menkind was previously located.
If you would like to donate an unwanted, unused Christmas present to Halo, just visit the shop from 11 February or to their head office in the Hayes Campus, alternatively contact Halo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Natasha House, marketing manager for intu Uxbridge, said: “We want to help Halo Children’s Foundation however we possibly can. We are now entering our second year of fundraising for Halo, and are determined to do them proud again. Please come along and check out the pop-up shop – you’ll be able to get your hands on some excellent goodies!”
Alia Jones, a mum of two, set up Halo in 2013 after her husband Lewis tragically died at just 27 years old. She said: “We are so grateful to the shopping centre and to the people of Uxbridge for the support they are giving us. It means so much to have intu Uxbridge and the local community behind us. Pop along and see us in our store – not only do we have lots of great items to sell, but we can also offer support to anyone who might be struggling, and you can borrow from our bereavement library, too.”
Just a few weeks ago, intu Uxbridge won a prize for its work with Halo Children’s Foundation, coming joint second in the intu chain’s internal ‘Chairman’s Corporate Responsibility Prize’ competition. As a reward, the shopping centre bagged an additional £2,000 for the Halo fundraising pot.
To find out more about intu Uxbridge, head to www.intu.co.uk/uxbridge Or, to learn about the work of Halo Children’s Foundation, check out www.halochildrensfoundation.org.uk