Wishing Pool donations top £11,000 over Christmas

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SHOPPERS in centre:mk helped to 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 a massive £11,331.11 which is a 177 per cent increase on last year’s donations and the highest raised since 2008.

The wishing pool was designed to be more fun for shoppers this year and the 188,028 coins included 80,749 one-pence coins, 46,981 two-pence coins and 24,542 five-pence coins.

The coins 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 Milton Keynes was chosen as thecentre:mk’s Christmas beneficiary for their work helping older people live independently with support from the Handyperson Service and a hardship fund of just £800.

The shoppers’ generous donations will ensure the Handyperson Service can carry on providing help with small, practical tasks such as minor plumbing, small electrical jobs and carpentry for another year.

Robert Hall, director of thecentre:mk, said: “Age UK Milton Keynes provides such a great service to the Milton Keynes community and to many individual lives. 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 said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the beneficiary and are overwhelmed by the generosity of Christmas shoppers at thecentre:mk.

“This donation will make a tremendous difference to the day-to-day lives of so many older people in our town and we look forward to working with thecentre:mk and its staff again in the future.”

For more information about Age UK Milton Keynes call 01908 550700.