With Weston Favell shopping centre being right at the heart of the local community, we love to welcome charities into the centre to show support, help them raise money and increase awareness. Our target is to help local charities and groups raise £10,000 in 2017 in our centre.
Could your local charity or group benefit from a fundraising event or awareness day in the centre?
The Wildlife trusts visited the centre in April to raise awareness and to collect donations towards their goals for nature.
They recognise how important nature is in all aspects of our daily lives and believe it should be at the heart of our society. To achieve this the Wildlife Trusts stands up and works for nature on all fronts.
They rescue and restore places for wildlife and people, and influence and help others to do the same. Each year they reach millions of people to inspire them about wildlife and the natural world.
Every Wildlife Trust is run by and accountable to the local people passionate about the wildlife and wild places in their area.
Together we have a mission to create Living Landscapes, to secure Living Seas and to inspire people to value and take action for nature.To find out more please click here
Mobile phone company O2 has teamed up with the NSPCC to ensure children stay safe online. In March we welcomed them into the centre to raise money and awareness for such an important cause and they managed to collect £162.70.
Their nationwide programme of workshops will give parents and families the skills and knowledge to understand the internet as children do. Their aim is to create real change, bringing an online safety programme into schools and workplaces. Expert advice will be available through their website, a new online safety helpline for parents and from trained staff in O2 stores. They also be putting on huge events for parents and kids all over the UK.
In March Riley's German Shepherd Rescue where in the centre to raise money for their mission to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home German Shepherd Dogs. They successfully raised £310.00 for their cause.
As a dedicated rescue centre they will work with qualified persons and/or personnel, cooperatively operating alongside trained veterinary practitioners, animal shelters/pounds, professional trainers, and other rescue groups (where necessary) towards our common goals of rescue, rehabilitate and re-home German Shepherd Dog's lives and helping to reduce pet over-population. They also actively campaign to the UK Government to tighten current laws and to stop animal cruelty, puppy farms and indiscriminate breeding.
To find out more please click here
The Northampton Gang Show where in the centre raising awareness in March they also managed to collect £435.00 to help fund them going forward.
Going back in time to 30th October 1932 a Rover scout, talented performer, Broadway choreographer and producer named Ralph Reader who had been a scout since he was a boy and continued to run a scout group even while he was directing major productions in the West End, produced a variety show called ‘The Gangs All Here’ to raise funds for his groups local swimming pool.
This progressed to become ‘The Gang Show’ and he went on to produce the London Gang Show for many years. The London gang show was televised for many years. It is now acknowledged that every night of the year somewhere in the world a Gang Show is playing.
During the war years many scout groups produced their own little show for the parents of the boys which was great fun because the girls parts were boys made up as girls, there not being any girls in scouting at that time, This tradition continues to be great fun in today’s gang shows (see our gallery) though we are now co-educational and are also open to members from the girl guides.To find out more please click here
In March the centre welcomed Cancer Research in to raise awareness for the Race for Life events happening this year.
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a series of women-only events raising money for research into all 200 types of cancer.
To find out more about the events and how you can get involved click here
Northampton university where in the centre to rasie awareness around their evening bike ride to raise money for NorPIP
NorPIP or Northamptonshire Parent Infant Partnership is a charity which helps parents form strong bonds and positive relationships with their baby.
Louise Danielczuk, NorPIP fundraising co-ordinator, explained: “Our partnership with the University of Northampton is a long-standing one, and the students this year are working tirelessly to ensure the success of the event.”
All proceeds will go to NorPIP, which offers intensive therapeutic counselling to Northamptonshire families who are struggling to form a secure bond with their babies. Referrals to the charity are often by health visitors, midwives and other professionals, but anyone can refer themselves for support.To find out more about NorPIP please click here
Animals in Need were in the centre in February and managed to collect £223.00 towards their organisation. Here is a little bit about Animals in Need-
Animals In Need is a voluntary organisation dedicated to rescuing sick, injured, trapped and distressed wild and domestic animals. They provide veterinary treatment where necessary, care for and rehabilitate animals until they can be released or re-homed. Animals In Need was set up in 1990, the aim of the organization is alleviate suffering in animals.
Animals In Need is a rescue organization run solely by volunteers, attending animal casualties in the Northamptonshire area. We attend to both domestic and wild animals, and in 1999 were asked by Northamptonshire Police to work with them attending road traffic accidents and out of hours emergencies.
Feeding and caring for the injured animals we rescue is most important especially in cases of young orphaned birds, which need hand feeding every hour from dawn till dusk. Also young hedgehogs which haven't reached the required weight to survive hibernation over the winter months, need to be kept warm and fed as do swans that have incurred injuries, many from fishing tackle that they have swallowed or become entangled in.
To find out more click here
In February Guide Dogs where in the centre to raise money. They managed to collect £405.14.
Guide Dogs provide mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people. They also campaign for the rights of people with visual impairment, educate the public about eye care and fund eye disease research.
To find out more click here
In February Cats Protection was in the centre to raise money for their vision. They where able to collect £410.00 and here is more about how they will use that money;
Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity. Our vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
It’s an ambitious vision. However, we truly believe it can be achieved because of our passion, our professional approach and simply because cats are among the UK’s most popular companion pets.
Cats Protection has simple and clear objectives to help cats:
Homing - Finding good homes for cats in need
Neutering - Supporting and encouraging the neutering of cats
Information - Improving people’s understanding of cats and their care
EVE have been running a women’s and family refuge in Northamptonshire for 35 years Previously known at Nene Valley Christian Family Refuge, Eve continues to run a Women and Family Refuge for those in need of help escaping domestic abuse and domestic violence. The refuge has helped Over 2,000 women take back their lives from abusive partners and situations.To find out about EVE and the training they can offer click here
Marie Curie was in the centre in March and raised £1,287.31 which is fantastic for their research and charity elements.
Marie Curie pioneered new ways of providing care for terminally ill people, helping them to stay at home until the end of their lives.
Working closely with the NHS, local independent hospices and other charities, we developed services designed around people's needs. Research showed that they successfully helped more terminally ill people to remain in their homes.
The Marie Curie Nursing Service continues to grow – reaching increasing numbers of people at the end of their lives. A major study by the Nuffield Trust provided strong evidence that the Marie Curie Nursing Service reduces the need for emergency hospitalisation, allows more people to die at home and cuts hospital costs.
Marie Curie Hospices continued to develop their care, expanding the services they offered in local communities, especially day services, to become regional centres of excellence in care.
To find out more click here
Do it for Dementia was in the centre in March raising awareness of the fundraising efforts they partake in for Dementia.The impact of dementia has widely been recognised as a growing concern within society with it foreseen that by 2015 there will be 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK alone. It is also estimated that two thirds of medical beds in general hospitals are occupied by people over the age of 65, and around 30% of them at any one time will have dementia.
Caring for people with dementia within an acute hospital setting raises a whole new set of challenges. Ensuring these patients receive the best possible care whilst they are with us at Northampton General Hospital is paramount.
Our Drug Educators work with children and young people in schools and youth groups, providing interactive, age-appropriate educational sessions about alcohol, tobacco and drugs. Our experience of working with young people shows that many still do not realise how damaging regular excessive drinking, for example, can be. Lifeskills that enhance peer resistance and build confidence are woven into sessions designed to encourage healthy choices and enable children and young people to realise their potential.
The RSPB is the country’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home.
Together with their partners, they protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again.
The RSPB also play a leading role in a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.
The local football club were in the centre to promote themselves and to get more girls into Football as well as raising awareness of the association
The Phoenix Children's Foundation was established in 2006, by a group of local friends who all shared the desire to help those less fortunate than themselves. The objectives of the charity were agreed upon their first meeting, the basic principles and structures of the charity were put into place.
The charity relies on the generosity of the general public for its funding. One of the policies of the charity is to endeavor where possible to allocate funding to help the children in area it is raised.
The Salvation Army is an integral part of the Christian Church, although distinctive in government and practice. The Army’s doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasise God’s saving purposes. Its objects are ‘the advancement of the Christian religion… of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole.
The movement, founded in 1865 by William Booth, has spread from London, England, to many parts of the world.
I CAN is the children’s communication charity. They are experts in helping children develop the speech, language and communication skills they need to thrive in a 21st century world.
Their vision is a world where all children have the communication skills they need to fulfil their potential.
Their mission is that no child should be left out or left behind because of a difficulty speaking or understanding
Dogs for Good were in the centre on the 4th of February to raise money to make life changing differences for people with disabilities
They managed to raise an amazing £545.81 during their time in the centre
Weston Favell donated a giant cuddly prize to Ecton Brook Primary school in October
The Giant teddy bear was a donation from Weston Favell for Ecton Brook's school fete on 6th December - All the money raised will go towards equipment for the School.
The picture is of Danielle from the PTA collecting the prize - We hope Teddy goes to a good home just in time for Christmas!
Weston Favell had the pleasure of being able to donate an apple tree and a bench to a local school in Northampton.
Continuing on from Green Fest last year Weston Favell wanted to continue to give back and help schools learn about being green.