Wishes come true after CMK show

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SHOPPERS in thecentre:mk helped raise more than £11,000 through the wishing pool hosted by the Land of Enchanted Dreams.

The final total raised for Age UK Milton Keynes was £11,331.11, 177 per cent up on last year’s donations and the highest since 2008.

The wishing pool in thecentre:mk

The wishing pool in thecentre:mk

The 188,028 coins collected included 80,749 one-pence coins, 46,981 two-pence coins and 24,542 five-pence coins. They were dried, sorted and counted by volunteers, helped by staff from Age UK Milton Keynes, John Lewis, Accenture and Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue service based at Great Holm. Age UK was chosen as thecentre:mk’s Christmas beneficiary for their work helping older people live independently, as supported by the Handyperson Service and a hardship fund of £800.

Robert Hall, director of thecentre:mk, said: “We are thrilled our shoppers donated so generously and hope this will provide an amazing boost to both finances and morale.”

Jane Palmer, chief executive of Age UK Milton Keynes added: “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Christmas shoppers at thecentre:mk.”

For more about Age UK MK call 01908 550700.