Manchester Arndale announces 3 local charities to shine this Christmas

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Manchester Arndale announces 3 local charities to shine this Christmas

Manchester Arndale has announced its three Christmas Charity Stars to support through the centre’s annual gift wrap service, following a call out to local charities in August.

With three times more applications submitted than in 2013, the judging process for a place was tough, with the winners announced this week as Reuben’s Retreat, Radio Lollipop Manchester and The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour charity.

The charities were selected for their work in the Greater Manchester community and their plans for the investment of this year’s donation.

The three charity stars will benefit from Manchester Arndale’s charity gift wrap service, which is open to shoppers from 20 November to 24 December. The shopping centre’s gift-wrap team will tie up customer’s presents beautifully for a donation of between £1 – £2 per present depending on size. Last Christmas the team wrapped an outstanding 7,863 presents, raising nearly £10,700 in total with the additional help for extra donations.

David Allinson, Centre Director at Manchester Arndale said: “Year on year we are proud to support local charities and community groups through our Christmas Charity Stars campaign. Our gift wrap service is always popular with shoppers in the centre and we are pleased that through this service we are able to raise valuable funds for worthy groups. We raised nearly £10,700 last year for three charities in Greater Manchester and can’t wait to beat that figure again this year!”

Charities in Greater Manchester can also apply to perform carol singing concerts in Manchester Arndale during the month of December, subject to availability of space. Interested charities must visit and submit an application form to

Manchester Arndale will host a VIP launch party with the three charities on 19 November at the Christmas Grotto in Halle Square.


Notes to Editors:

About Manchester Arndale

Manchester Arndale is the largest inner-city shopping centre in Britain and is owned by M&G Real Estate and intu Properties Plc. An iconic UK shopping centre, its footfall is in excess of 40m and rising, ranking it amongst the highest for any retail destination nationally.

About M&G Real Estate

M&G Real Estate is the real estate fund management arm of M&G and is one of the top 25 real estate fund managers in the world by assets under management, with over £16 billion invested in a broad spread of properties across Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific region (as of 30 June 2013). M&G is the investment arm of Prudential Plc in the UK and Europe. For more information, visit

For further information on Manchester Arndale, including a store directory and events list, please visit

Media contact:

Helen Seed
PR & Social Media Manager, Manchester Arndale
Tel: 0161 817 3690 / 07825 680 750

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