The votes are in!

12 September 2014

After two months of going head to head and battling it out for shoppers’ votes, The Galleries Shopping Centre’s partner Charity of the Year has this week been announced as Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

The Hospice, which each year cares for more than 1,000 people with a life-limiting illness, received the majority of votes, closely followed by Derian House and Butterflies.

The Galleries has pledged £5,000 from this September to August 2015 and will offer the Charity the chance to be involved with any marketing initiatives that run throughout the year.

Victoria Nichol, Centre Manager at The Galleries, said: "With three excellent charities to choose from, I am sure it was very difficult for shoppers to pick a partner Charity of the Year. However I'm really pleased that Wigan and Leigh Hospice will be receiving our support during the year ahead and I hope that we generate as much money as possible for such a worthy cause."

"Derian House and Butterflies both do outstanding work and we hope that our campaign has raised their profiles and that we can support them in the future."

Alan Baron, Chief Executive of Wigan and Leigh Hospice, said: "We are delighted to have been selected as The Galleries Charity of the Year by our local community. We will be doing everything we can to make the most of the partnership and would like to thank everyone who voted for us."


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NOTES TO EDITOR(S):
• Members of the public were given a token when they made a purchase at The Galleries and asked to pop it in one of three voting chambers that were located in the Centre.
• Wigan and Leigh Hospice is a charity providing specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and their families across Wigan and Leigh Borough. The Hospice has to raise £2.7 million every year - or £7,400 per day - from fundraising in order to continue operating.
• For further information on the other two Charities involved in Charity of the Year, please visit: www.derianhouse.co.uk/www.butterflieswigan.org.uk.
• Located in the heart of Wigan Town Centre, The Galleries, Marketgate and Makinson Arcade has over 70 exciting stores. The only place to head for shopping is The Galleries, Wigan. For further information on The Galleries Shopping Centre news and events visit: www.gallerieswigan.co.uk.

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