The Mall Blackburn is once again looking for a proactive not for profit organisation to support throughout 2018.

It is asking charities to apply to become ‘Charity of The Year’, as part of the Mall Cares programme, following a hugely successful 12 months of supporting Cash for Kids.

Over £3000 was been raised in 2017 from activities including bucket collections, proceeds from children’s events and cake bakes.

The Mall also supported Cash for Kids during two of its biggest annual campaigns – Win Your Wedding and Mission Christmas.

In addition, The Mall organised a special festive treat for children and their parents from the Wish Centre in Blackburn, which is supported by Cash for Kids and provides a safe haven for people escaping domestic abuse.

Charities that would like to be considered should complete the online application to outline how they would make the most of the partnership and what ideas they have to raise funds and awareness within the shopping centre.

Nikki Thompson, Charity Manager at Cash for Kids, said: “We have really enjoyed working with everyone at The Mall Blackburn this year and their support has been invaluable.

“Mission Christmas was our most successful yet and we helped 16,274 children in Lancashire with over £777,000 worth of presents being donated at collection points including The Mall Blackburn.

“I would urge any local charity looking for a boost to apply to be the charity of the year for 2018.”

Loraine Jones, General Manager at The Mall Blackburn, said: “Our work within the community is vitally important to us here at The Mall and we love working with new, inspirational charities each year.

“There are so many deserving charities across Lancashire and it is always such a difficult decision to select just one.

“It has been wonderful to work with everyone at Cash for Kids and I am delighted we have been able to help them support children in Lancashire.

“We are looking for new and exciting ideas for fundraising activities and we are open to any suggestions!

“We’re really looking forward to making a difference to important causes and it is a great opportunity for any voluntary organisation to raise awareness and much needed funds whilst having fun along the way.”

Lancashire Mind, Nightsafe, Blackburn Youth Zone, Inbetweenears and East Lancashire Hospice have all previously been supported through the ‘Charity of the Year’ initiative.

Local organisations can apply here or by requesting a copy of the application form from laura.diffey@themall.co.uk

The closing date is midnight on Wednesday 28th February and the partnership will start in March 2018.

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