Abbey Centre, the premier retail destination in Newtownabbey and Lighthouse, the suicide prevention charity based in North Belfast, announce a new partnership which will see much needed funds donated through innovative ideas implemented throughout the next year.
Coin collection points will be located throughout the mall during key events as well as dedicated fundraising initiatives employed in order to both raise awareness of the work of Lighthouse and aid further charitable development. Abbey Centre staff will be raising money throughout the year with a programme of on-going activities, ranging from Bucket Busking with local bands to an ambitious record-breaking attempt, all of which are designed to work with local communities.
The partnership presents a unique opportunity for Lighthouse to interact with a diverse group of both staff and shoppers. Abbey Centre boosts over 70 stores, with works ongoing to create a new 45,000 sq ft Next, the largest in Northern Ireland, and Dunnes upgrading and extending their unit by 13,000 sq ft to create a 35,000 sq ft flagship store for NI.
Mark Stewart, Abbey Centre Centre Manager said:
‘We chose to work with a smaller, local charity this year. Lighthouse is very close to our hearts, given the recent problems in our community and stigma surrounding mental health. We hope our collaboration with Lighthouse will raise much-needed funds but also break the silence on mental health issues and inspire people to seek help. We take our Corporate Social Responsibility seriously – rather than simply writing a cheque we want to build an on-going partnership with Lighthouse which continues to deliver tangible benefits to our community and throughout NI.’
Jo Murphy, Coordinator Lighthouse said:
‘Partnering with Abbey Centre offers fantastic opportunities for Lighthouse. As well as helping us raise vital funds for our work, the partnership enables us to raise awareness of Lighthouse and challenge the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
‘We look forward to working with the Abbey Centre team and implementing weird and wacky ideas to really drive home the message that we are a beacon of hope and here for everyone.’