Home-Start Arndale’s Charity Star


Manchester’s famous shopping mall Arndale has announced that Manchester-based charity Home-Start Greater Manchester will be the centre’s Charity Star 2015/16.

After a call out to local charities in September, Home-Start Greater Manchester was chosen for their work with families in need across the region. Additionally their plans for their investment of the funds to be raised, which includes training new Home-Start volunteers to help Greater Manchester families in crisis.

Home-Start Greater Manchester is the region’s leading family support charity. With 500 volunteers and 500 families, the charity offers vital support to Greater Manchester families and 1,700 children who are struggling to cope and may be at crisis point. Trained volunteers offer practical and emotional support to families in their own homes.

The money raised by Arndale will fund training for more volunteers, to grow the charity and help more families in need across the city. The Home-Start team are also looking to raise awareness to recruit and train more volunteers, to work towards their long term objective of offering support to all parents and children across Greater Manchester who need support.

Fundraising will begin at the launch of Arndale’s annual Christmas charity gift wrap service in Halle Square, on Thursday 26 November to 24 December. The gift-wrap team will expertly tie up customer’s presents beautifully for a donation of between £1.50 to £5 per present, depending on size. Last Christmas the team wrapped nearly 8,000 presents, raising nearly £11,500 in total and they are hoping to go above and beyond that figure this year.

The Arndale team has also planned a year of fundraising until November 2016, including bake-offs, sponsored sports events, dressing up days and pampering evenings.

David Allinson, Centre Director at Manchester Arndale said: “This year we wanted to move fundraising from just our charity gift wrap service, to deliver a full year of activity to raise the maximum amount for one worthy cause”.

Rob Harwood, Vice Chair of Home-Start Greater Manchester, added: “We are absolutely delighted to be chosen as Manchester Arndale’s Charity Star. Home-Start is a charity that is firmly rooted in communities across Greater Manchester, and at a time when life is getting tougher for many local families, there has never been a greater need for Home-Start support”.

Arndale will also host a VIP launch party with Home-Start Greater Manchester on Wednesday 18 November at the Christmas Grotto in Halle Square.

Charities in Greater Manchester can also apply to perform carol singing concerts in Manchester Arndale during the month of December, subject to availability of space. Interested charities must visit www.manchesterarndale.com.

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