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Vangarde raises significant donations as shopping park spreads Christmas cheer

York’s Vangarde Shopping Park has raised more than £2,500 for charity in the months leading up to Christmas as the team took to the walkways to spread festive cheer.

The shopping park, which features John Lewis, M&S, Next and a host of restaurants and cafes, raised more than £1,100 for the Poppy Appeal in November, followed by more than £1,400 for local charity York Against Cancer. The Vangarde Shopping Park team has worked closely with York Against Cancer over the last couple of years to raise money for a cause close to many hearts in the York community.

Through a combination of events and daily fundraising which saw fantastic levels of generosity from the public, the team worked hard to raise such a substantial sum over a short period of time. The York Ice Trail, in which Vangarde took part in a city-wide ice sculpture trail, saw a good level of donations, as people guessed the value of vouchers suspended in a newt ice sculpture and gave donations to enter.

Aside from these events, Vangarde linked up with Minster FM to grant local people’s wishes over the festive period to spread Christmas cheer. The campaign, which saw people come to the shopping park and tell Minster FM their Christmas wish, created impactful video content which was well-received by the public.

Deborah O’Donnell, Centre Manager for Vangarde Shopping Park, said: “One of the main focuses of the Vangarde team is to make a difference in the community and give back to the people that shop here. Our Christmas events not only helped to get people in the festive spirit, but thanks to the generosity of our visitors, we saw a significant amount of money raised for some very worthy charities. We’d like to thank everyone who made donations – it is greatly appreciated.

“We continue to find innovative ways to raise money for these great causes and we hope to raise even more in 2018.”