Posts Tagged ‘charity’

Looking for a novel Christmas present for a loved one? Why not consider doing your bit for charity at the same time, and invest in a copy of one the most stylish 2011 calendars we’ve ever seen!
Always Charity Calendar 2011

COVER STAR: Jodie in the nuddie.

The handsome rugby lads at Salford City Reds (sponsored by The Trafford Centre) have taken the plunge to become real models for the day. We’ve dressed them and undressed them, posed them and even covered them in make-up – and the results are astounding. See more pix here!

Retailers from across The Trafford Centre got involved in the calendar, from Debenhams to Selfridges, and from LEGOLAND to Mamas & Papas, giving us toys and clothes and props to help create each look.

rugby calendar

COLD: At ChillFactore.

All proceeds from the calendar go to our favourite charity the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Appeal. For this great cause, our buff models braved sub-zero temperatures at ChillFactore indoor ski-slope, acted like dummies in shop windows at John Lewis, and one was decorated as a Maori warrior by artists at the Selfridges’ cosmetics counter Illamasqua.

Each month stars a new player, and each is themed so you won’t get bored of looking at your calendar through the whole of 2011.

For more on the Always Charity Calendar, and to buy your copy online for £8:49, just click here – or, you can follow our progress on our Facebook fanpage.


FACE IT: Jack gets serious.

You can also buy the calendar in the Centre from our friendly Customer Service desks in the Main Dome and on Peel Avenue. The price in person is just £6.99 – so don’t forget to pick up your copy next time you’re in the Centre. (Fans of the team can buy direct from the team store at the Willows stadium).

I must send a big thank-you to everyone who has bought a copy so far – your support is appreciated, and we know you’ll love your calendar!

And watch this space as we see how much money we can raise for this vital children’s charity…

* FOR more info and preview images, just click here!


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MELLOW YELLOW: Our support shines out.

For St David’s Day this evening, we turned our glorious main dome bright yellow in support of the very special Marie Curie Cancer Care campaign.

Marie Curie Cancer Care is a national charity that looks after terminally ill cancer patients, either in their own home or at dedicated hospices.

And during the month of March they have their annual Great Daffodil Campaign – when they sell daffodil badges to raise important funds that help them to treat more people – some of whom might be Trafford Centre staff or customers.

DOME: Painting the Town Yellow!

[With the new LED technology powering our dome, we are able to switch colours to almost any shade we like. We know that thousands of people notice when we do this – not least the many motorists who zoom past us on the M60 just nearby.

So what better way to raise awareness of the daffodil campaign than by switching an iconic landmark yellow?

For the rest of March, you’ll be seeing events and fund-raisers across the country for Marie Curie – and you can support the campaign really easily by buying your daffodil at participating retailers – in The Trafford Centre, they are Café Rouge, Barburito, Pesto and Space NK.

Take a look at the Marie Curie Cancer Care website for more details.

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IN DANGER: The wild lion.

The Trafford Centre likes its lions. You can see that from the array of marble beasts which guard the Centre at various entrances, especially outside The Great Hall.

But did you know that real lions are in serious danger of extinction? Fifty years ago there were around 200,000 lions in the wild – today, there are barely 20,000 remaining.

That’s a drop of 90% in wild lion populations – a shocking decline that makes some experts worry this proud creature might never recover without urgent and international help.

Thankfully, someone cares enough to do something about this. Lionaid is a new charity set up to bring attention to the plight of these large cats in Africa.

To drum up attention, and to show what the world might be like without lions, the charity is taking on a massive UK tour of prominent public lions, and shrouding them in black material as a thought-provoking reminder of how these amazing creatures could easily disappear into history.

The “Where Have all the Lions Gone?” campaign begins today (March 1st) in Glasgow and ends on the 31st March in Trafalgar Square – with 11 UK cities in between (Blantyre, Blackpool, Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham, Norwich, Birmingham, Bath, Cowes, Portsmouth and Rochester).

So at 10am on March 7th, the Lionaid crew and their local supporters will be at The Great Hall near Regent 13 car park, to hold a solemn ceremony in which 8 of our lovely lions will be temporarily shrouded.

Click to visit Lionaid online.

Come down to the shrouding ceremony, or click on the Lionaid logo to visit their website for more information, and clear instructions on how you can get involved.

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THE spectacular main dome of The Trafford Centre will light up a bright yellow next month, to mark the start of the national Great Daffodil Appeal.

Daffodil badge

DAFFODIL: One way to support the appeal.

This annual month-long event aims to raise more than £5million for the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity – a vital organisation that employs thousands of doctors and nurses to provide care for terminally ill cancer patients, whether at home or in hospices.

About 70% of the charity’s income comes from generous donations from people and businesses. That will be added to this year, organisers hope, with the proceeds from the sale of daffodil badges.

But selling those badges and winning that public support relies on awareness. People need to know about the Great Daffodil Appeal before they will support it – and that’s where The Trafford Centre Dome comes in!

With many thousands of staff and customers passing under the dome each day, and hundreds of thousands more passing the dome on the motorways just outside the Centre, it remains one of the most iconic and best-recognised land-marks in the city.

We know that people really do notice when we change the colour of the dome lights (Gallery) – and we couldn’t think of a better cause to switch the lights for than Marie Curie Cancer Care.

So on March 1st, the start of the Appeal, we will be bathing the dome in yellow lights to remind everyone to take part and support this fantastic charity.

You can help raise funds by buying your daffodil at participating stores – Café Rouge, Barbourito, Pesto and Space NK. Take a look at the Marie Curie Cancer Care website for more details.

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We’ve been crashingly creative this week, coming up with ideas and themes for our Autumn Winter Fashion Show in September.

Basically, the brief is to support the changing of the seasons with a big push on men’s and women’s fashion. To do this, we hold a fashion week every year, which gets people excited about the new trends, and gives a bit of inspiration for those who might be a bit overwhelmed by the high street!

AW09 at TTC

AW09 at TTC

One highlight of the week is the VIP Fashion Show, a charity night that showcases all the amazing designer talent we have on offer here at The Trafford Centre. This year, we’ve gone for the theme of “Denim and Diamonds” – which is meant to highlight the clever way in which everyday fashion (Denim) can be enlivened with a bit of bling (Diamonds).

It’s one way of saying you don’t have to wear an entire designer outfit. You have much more impact (and save much more money) if you mix and match your staples with a gobsmacking signature piece that turns heads!

We’ve found a fabulous diamond cocktail to serve our guests, and we are hoping to have a ‘diamond-strewn’ carpet at the grand entrance! We’ve also asked our fave strings duo The Red Hot Strings to come back and play during the interval.

(As hosts, we are also looking for denim and diamond themed outfits, so if you have any ideas on that front please let me know. Denim suits have a bad history, as well you know!)

If you’d like to come to the event, tickets are only a tenner, with £5 going to the New Children’s Hospital Appeal. You can order yours by clicking on our website.

Where else in Manchester could you have the best of the designer names paraded in front of you, as you sit relaxing by the catwalk? If you fancy an injection of glamour and ease, do youself a favour and be a VIP.

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If you were listening to Radio Wave on the Fylde coast last weekend, you might have heard a reference to The Trafford Centre Girls, taking part in the 5k Race for Life.

BRAVE: Ann, left, and Sue do us proud.

BRAVE: Ann, left, and Sue do us proud.

My two brave colleagues Ann Sullivan and Sue Mullally ran through wind and heavy rain in an amazing time of 45 minutes, raising more than £500 for vital cancer research along the way!

I’m told that Ann in particular ran the course ‘like a whippet’ – which is no surprise, as our limber receptionist is well used to exercise thanks to her dancing regime in various amateur dramatics productions. The local Blackpool radio station spotted the pair clad in Trafford Centre red, and pointed them out to the audience at every lap.

It seems even being associated with The Trafford Centre is a short-cut to fame – and in this case, a very welcome fortune.

Well done girls!

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I’VE just been chatting to some hard-working firefighters out on the Malls, here to raise money for a very good cause.


FIGHTER: Steve Morris battles for life earlier this year.

Every 30 seconds in the UK a firefighter risks their life on an emergency call. One of those calls in June this year saw a local firefighter Steve Morris sustain life-threatening injuries at a house fire in Bolton. The same fire killed a two-year-old girl and her grandmother. An horrifically burned Steve was transferred to the Wythenshawe Hospital Burns Unit, where he fought his way back to health.

Our shopping centre relies on the bravery of firefighters to remain safe. Luckily we’ve never suffered a major fire here, but we know that if we did we are minutes away from the best emergency services in the world. So what else could we say when the firefighters asked if they could raise some money here for the Burns unit than a hearty YES!

The lads and lasses hope to row for 800 miles – that’s the equivalent distance of John’s End to John O Groats. They aim to do this in 10 hours – which is going some!

Chris manion from Amber Watch at Agecroft rows for charity.

HERO: Chris Manion from Amber Watch at Agecroft rows for charity.

As well as sponsorship, the team will be collecting money on the Malls – so if you see them rowing back and forth, do dig deep and throw a quid into the bucket. If everyone who came to The Trafford Centre gave a pound, we could raise more than £100,000 in a single day!

The Firefighters Charity has a home on the web, if you’d like to learn more.

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