Community kiosk to close at city’s shopping centre

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A decision to close the charity kiosk at thecentre:mk has been slammed as downright uncharitable by fundraisers.

The kiosk, known as the Community Zone, has been used for years by dozens of charities to promote their work and raise cash.

But shopping centre bosses now say the facility is “beyond reasonable repair” and does not comply with accessibility legislations.

They have decided to scrap the kiosk and instead steer charities towards the MK Community Foundation’s annual car raffle, which splits its proceeds between numerous groups.

They are also encouraging individual charities to take part in centre flag days.

Already some charities are begging them to have a change of heart.

The MK and district branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society is a regular tenant at the kiosk, where the sale of knitted goods accounts for almost 50 percent of its total income each year.

“We cannot identify an alternative location with the same convenience for volunteers, footfall and fundraising opportunity as this site,” said a spokesman for the society.

Centre bosses say the kiosk is frequently empty while the daily income generated is relatively small and “generally not cost effective.”