2020 - 2021 Charity Bursary Recipients Announced

9 Dec 2020

2020 - 2021 Charity Bursary Recipients Announced

Each year, our Shopping Centres are allocated an annual bursary to support one or two (the sum is split equally) local charity, or charities, of their choice. The selected charities must address local needs and issues within the parameters of our core guiding priorities.

We are pleased to announce our Centre Charity Bursary recipients from 2020 to 2021. Each charity will receive a cash donation as well as mall space to fundraise and support from the Centre team to strengthen their relationship with the local community. Learn more about the scheme here.

Brent Cross – Unitas Youth Zone

Barnet’s Unitas Youth Zone is a dedicated youth facility that gives 4,000 children and young people from the most deprived communities of Barnet somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to in their leisure time.

The bursary will be used to continue Unitas Youth Zone’s Covid-19 community response work, creating food parcels and hot meals which will be distributed to families who are suffering extreme hardship as a result of the pandemic.

Bullring and Grand Central - Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity

The charity supports 400 young people in the local Birmingham area to get back into their studies after illness via teaching support, work experience, CV preparation, conferences and leading visits to the skills show.

The bursary will be used to support QEH’s dedicated teaching posts at the Teenage Cancer Trust Young Person’s Unit which cares for cancer patients aged 16-24.

Cabot Circus – St. Peter’s Hospice

St. Peter’s Hospice support 2,500 adults every year who live in the wider Bristol area, who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting or terminal illness.

The bursary will support the on-going running costs of services provided by St. Peter’s Hospice.

Centrale – Croydon Voluntary Action

Croydon Voluntary Action provide leadership and support to residents, groups, and communities in the London Borough of Croydon.

The bursary will be used to recruit and train additional volunteers supporting Croydon Voluntary Action’s telephone befriending service, engaging some of the most vulnerable residents living in isolation across Croydon.

Dundrum – St. Michael’s House

Supporting 1,782 people, St. Michael’s House provides a range of services including support in residential and independent living, clinical and day supports, schools and vocational training services for men, women and children with intellectual disabilities in 170 locations in the greater Dublin area.

The bursary will support running costs for St. Michaels House and cover the cost of activities and outings for service users.

Highcross – The Y

The Y is the leading youth homelessness charity for Leicester and Leicestershire. As a local YMCA, The Y provides other community services including a drop-in centre for homeless adults.

The bursary supports the Y Skills Matter learning programme. Engaging formerly homeless young people, the programme develops their skills and resilience through confidence boosting activities such as sports, arts and cooking, whilst incorporating key skills development i.e. communication, self-presentation, budgeting, time-keeping & team work.

Highcross – Hope Against Cancer

Leicestershire and Rutland’s cancer research charity established in 2003 to bring cutting-edge research to the local area and make clinical trials available to local people.

The bursary will be used to fund Hope Against Cancers vital services. Covid-19 has had a huge impact for the charity financially and the bursary will ensure care services can still be provided to those in need.

Ilac – Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH)

ICHH are Dublin’s frontline homeless service offering 7 nights a week outreach service assisting people sleeping on the streets with practical support, case management and mental health assistance.

The bursary will support ICHH’s day service which provides food parcels, meals, clothes and toiletries to those who are sleeping on the streets or in emergency accommodation.

The Oracle – Launchpad Reading

Launchpad is Reading’s leading homelessness prevention charity, providing vital information and support for individuals, couples and families who don’t have a stable place to live or are at risk of losing their home. The holistic service provided by Launchpad works in three ways; preventing homelessness, providing homes and rebuilding lives.

The bursary will be used towards the new Launchpad Work & Life Skills Centre due to open late 2020. The new facility a short walk from Reading town centre will help support people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home.

The Oracle – Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Thames Valley Air Ambulance is the only provider of advanced critical care within Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, bringing the expertise, equipment and treatment of the hospital to the patient. Operating 19 hours a day, 365 days a year, the iconic red helicopter is staffed with an expert pilot, doctor and paramedic.

The bursary will support the running costs of the Air Ambulance service.

Silverburn – Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity

Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity sits at the heart of Scotland’s largest children’s hospital, where over 200,000 babies, children and young people are cared for each year.

The charity raises money to ensure that young patients, their families and the NHS heroes caring for them receive the best possible care. Thanks to generous fundraising and donations from supporters, the Charity funds a variety of life-changing projects including the hospital Play Programme, Family Support Service, Paediatric Research, Bereavement Support Service and Wellbeing Support for NHS, giving children, their families and NHS staff the extra special care they deserve during these challenging times.

Bursary will be used within the hospital to help fund core projects including the Family Support Service.

Silverburn – Beatson Cancer Charity

The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre is a specialised cancer care centre in Glasgow. A leader in many areas of cancer research and treatment, the Centres sees more than 8,000 new patients every year.

The bursary will be used to support running costs for the West of Scotland Cancer Centre.

Swords – St Francis Hospice

St Francis Hospice provides a specialist palliative care service for the people of North County Dublin. The Hospice supported over 1,800 patients and their families in 2019. This care was provided by the multidisciplinary team of Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers, Chaplains, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Complementary Therapists, Lymphoedema Therapists, Care Assistants, Household, Administration and Contract staff.

The bursary will be used to purchase additional personal protective equipment as a result of Covid-19.

Union Square – Autism Awareness Association (Triple A)

Triple A is an entirely autistic led organisation, meaning all frontline staff, volunteers and board members are autistic. Triple A are one of the largest real-world meet ups of autists in Scotland, providing peer support to the high functioning community in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

The bursary will be used to provide a high level of online services to autistic adults, children and their families.

Victoria Leeds – Guide Dogs Leeds

Guide Dogs Leeds provides people with sight loss a guide dog so they can regain independence in their lives. Currently, there are 178 guide dogs in Leeds with a further 60 people on the waiting list which can take up to 2 years to deliver.

The bursary will be used to train a puppy for the first 6 months which Victoria Leeds will get to name.

Victoria Leeds – Breast Cancer Haven

Breast Cancer Haven is a national charity with a branch based in Leeds. The charity seeks to support women and men going through breast cancer treatment by providing emotional and practical support. In 2018, 545 women and men benefitted from visiting the centre in Leeds which offers classes, counselling, therapy and financial advice.

The bursary will provide vital services that help to mitigate the physical and psychological symptoms and practical challenges associated with a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, in turn improving service users quality of life.

Westquay – The Rose Road Association

The Rose Road Association (TRRA) provide vital services across Southampton and Hampshire for around 300 children and young adults with complex physical disabilities, learning disabilities and/or autism. In addition, TRRA provide a range of short break services and information and advice to families, including overnight respite, community based outreach, play schemes and advice and support services.

The bursary will be used to provide respite care during the Covid-19 pandemic.