The Blackburn BID has welcomed a one off charity event at the Mall which will extend the opening hours of one of the biggest retailers beyond normal closing time.
Debenhams is set to host an evening of pampering, personal shopping and prizes in aid of cancer charity Marie Curie.
As well as treating the first 60 customers to a ‘goodie bag’ filled with mini gifts, there will be a series of fundraising activities throughout the evening, including beauty treatments, raffles with prizes, plus sample menus from the restaurant and light refreshments.
The ticket only event will take place on March, Wednesday 4, between 6pm and 8pm in store at Debenhams, Blackburn and all proceeds will go to Marie Curie.
Cosmetics Supervisor, Clare Holroyd, explains: “We are so excited for the ‘March into spring’ event. The Bethany Singers, a group of Tanzanian women living locally, will open the event and perform throughout the night.
“All 10 of our cosmetic houses including YSL, Urban Decay and Estée Lauder will have a student from our event partners, The Academy, working with them to offer treatments including mini facials, hand arm massages and eyebrow shaping. Debenhams personal shoppers will also be on hand to help customers pick out items fit for the spring season.
“We are hoping this event will help to build links between Debenhams and the local community and college. With Mother’s Day approaching we want to treat the ladies of Blackburn and raise money for cancer care at the same time.”
The Marie Curie event provides an opportunity for late night shopping in Blackburn, a service requested by customers in a survey carried out by The Blackburn Business Improvement District (BID) last year.
Harriet Roberts, Manager of the BID said: “Debenhams extended opening hours for the charity evening are a positive for the town centre, as the event will bring shoppers into the area after the usual closing times.
“We hope that people will show their support for events like this. If we can stage more similar activities which will slowly increase the hours of stores opening it will be a step towards improving the twilight economy and gradually encourage restaurants and bars to the town to cater for people who want to shop late or stay to eat, drink and socialise after work”
Tickets can be purchased from The Academy, Marie Curie or in-store at Debenhams costing £3. Tickets MUST be shown on the door. For more information call 01254 268640