Added on: 9th April, 2019 by Becca _27135
Halo Children’s Foundation’s pop-up shop at intu Uxbridge raised an impressive £820.20 in funds from sales of unwanted Christmas presents, gifts and unwanted new items donated by the public, and another £200 in cash donations.
Its temporary shopping centre location also meant that 30 different families who could benefit from Halo’s support were able to discover the charity for the first time – the charity even received a visit from Pudsey Bear on its last week in intu Uxbridge.
Halo supports local children and their families after the loss of a loved one and is intu Uxbridge’s Charity of the Year. The shopping centre donated the unit to Halo free of charge for five weeks from 11th February to 17th March 2019 as a way of helping to raise funds for the deserving cause and awareness to those that may need it.
The pop-up shop was also home to a bereavement library and a play area and children were invited to create a feather for the ‘Be an Uxbridge Angel’ campaign, through which people place messages to lost loved ones on a mural display within the centre. Thanks to the pop-up, the mural is now complete.
Natasha House, marketing manager for intu Uxbridge, said: “We are so pleased to have been able to support Halo with this project. This is a cause that we are truly passionate about and we are very happy that it went so well. Keep your eyes peeled as we continue to support our Charity of the Year over the coming months – Halo deserves all the help we can give.”
Alia Jones, a mum of two, set up Halo in 2013 after her husband Lewis tragically died at just 27 years old. She said: “Wow, what an amazing opportunity for us as a charity to be able to share services like this in the heart of the community at intu Uxbridge. We cannot thank the shopping centre team enough. Halo Children's Foundation would also like to thank everyone who visited for their support in coming into our pop-up shop.”
intu Uxbridge recently 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.
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