Great day planned at shopping centres

The Beacon Centre, in North Shields.
The Beacon Centre, in North Shields.

Two shopping centres are holding a day of fun to raise money for charity.

The Beacon Centre, in North Shields, and Wallsend’s The Forum Centre are two of 140 centres across the UK taking part in One Great Day on Saturday.

The day aims to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity and other locally-based children’s health charities. Participating shopping centres will provide a special family fun day for local communities across the UK, while raising money for a number of great causes.

Between 11am and 2pm, The Beacon Centre will have visits from Sky from cartoon Paw Patrol, Poppy from Trolls, a Minion and a ninja turtle. There will also be face painting. The Forum Centre has a One Great Day Wishing Well for donations.

Nick Lambert, centre manager of The Forum Shopping Centre, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be a part of One Great Day.

“Hosting an event like this gives us the chance to give something back to support the wonderful work of The Children’s Foundation charity and Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity which supports patients and families from across the UK.”

Dave Menzies, centre manager of Beacon Centre, said: “One Great Day is about community engagement and raising money for a number of great causes, but it is also a fantastic opportunity for families in the area to get together and enjoy a fun day out whilst spending quality time together.”

Michal Noe, trustee of One Great Day, said: “We are thrilled to have the two centres form part of the 140 shopping centres taking part this year.

“This is the largest One Great Day yet, and we are proud that One Great Day is helping so many children’s health charities across the country.”