Frenchgate Shopping Centre Doncaster is celebrating the overwhelming success of its latest charity appeal.
The Shopping centre launched its miles of scarves campaign in aid of the Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust last year, with the aim to collect hundreds of scarves. As part of the campaign shoppers were asked to donate a scarf as well as make a monetary donation to the charity in honour of a loved one whose life has been touched by cancer.
The appeal has been so successful the Centre has received thousands of scarves which now totals four miles all together - far exceeding the original one mile target.
Frenchgate have created a number of displays with the scarves throughout the centre and now Doncaster college fashion students will be turning some of the scarves into one of kind outfits.
Once the charity campaign is completed all the scarves will be sold with all funds raised being donated to the charity. On Saturday 5th March Frenchgate will be holding a one day sale where scarves can be bought with all proceeds raised going to Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust.
A number of celebrities donated scarves and these will be auctioned off for the charity in spring Celebrity Juice and Through the Keyhole presenter Keith Lemon has made the first donation of a signed scarf, with James Coppinger, Rosie Winterton, Ben Parkinson and even Ken Dodd donating scarves.
Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust is Doncaster's oldest cancer charity. The charity helps to fund equipment and facilities to prevent, detect, treat and cure cancer.
Since its formation in 1972 The Trust has donated over 80 pieces of front line cancer equipment to Doncaster Hospitals alongside millions of pounds worth of facilities and medical expertise and built, equipped and upgraded St John’s Hospice.
Jeannette Fish, founder of Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust, commented: “We are delighted with the response we have had to this campaign. It really seems to have captured people’s imagination and we have had every kind of scarf imaginable being donated.
Frenchgate has been a long standing supporter of our charity and this appeal was perfect for them to be involved. The people of Doncaster have always supported us and I am incredibly grateful that they have got behind this campaign yet again.
Karen Staniforth explained: “We have been supporting Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust for a number of years and this time wanted to do something different and very visual.
“We have had fantastic feedback from our shoppers regarding the displays of scarves and they have added a great vibrancy to the Centre. The fact that every single scarf signifies peoples loved ones makes it very special.”
Scarves can still be donated until Monday 29th February at the Customer Services desk within Frenchgate as well as the Danum Hotel, The Troy and Tom Wood Florists