DREAMS will come true for seriously ill children after a shopping centre staged two days of fundraising.
Retailers, managers and shoppers at Hartlepool’s Middleton Grange centre threw themselves into all kinds of fun and games in aid of the Starlight Foundation.
The charity helps to brighten the lives of seriously and terminally ill children by granting wishes and providing fun and entertainment in hospices and hospital wards all over the UK including the University Hospital of Hartlepool.
For a donation shoppers, including many children, enjoyed face painting, games and competitions including a tombola and trying to guess the birthday of a teddy bear.
Middleton Grange staff and retailers wore yellow – Starlight’s official colour, and Hartlepool performing arts charity Red Dreams supported the event by changing their name to Yellow Dreams for the two days.
They also ran fun games and entertainment including a selfie competition to win a family photo shoot worth up to £200.
The atmosphere at the centre was fantastic.Mark Rycraft, Middleton Grange manager
The event raised more than £1,200 which was split between Red Dreams and Starlight. Mark Rycraft, Middleton Grange manager, said: “The atmosphere at the centre over the two days was fantastic.
“I can’t thank all of our retailers and shoppers enough for helping us raise money for two such great charities – Starlight and Red Dreams.”
All of Starlight’s activities are aimed at distracting children from the pain, fear and isolation they can often feel as a result of their illnesses.
Victoria Parry, Starlight corporate partnerships manager, said: “We were delighted to have the support of Middleton Grange Shopping Centre on Starlight Day.
“Starlight relies on voluntary donations, and we hope that shoppers and retailers really enjoyed the fun and creative activities that the centre put on.
“With their help we will be able to brighten the lives of more seriously and terminally ill Starlight Children in the local area and provide fun and entertainment for children in hospitals and hospices throughout the UK.”