SHOPPERS helped to raise more than £45,000 for Claire House Children’s Hospice over the festive season.
Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet teamed up with car retailer Mitchell Group to support the Wirral-based hospice.
The outlet’s annual Christmas tree switch-on saw children from the hospice invited to turn on the lights and join in with the sing-a-long fronted by X-Factor coach Yvie Burnett.
Centre manager Brian Handley said: “As well as the tree lighting event and in-store promotions in the run up to Christmas, we wanted to give something back to the community.
“Claire House is a great cause and we are delighted to have helped raise so much to enable them to continue their valuable work for local families across the region.”
As well as fundraising on the evening, there was also a raffle to win a brand new Skoda Citigo SE worth £10,000.
The car was donated by Mitchell Group and the winner was Linda Irvine, of Birkenhead, a regular supporter of the hospice.
Mitchell Group managing director Mark Mitchell said: “Christmas is such a special time for families, and our joint promotion with Cheshire Oaks and Claire House has given visitors a fresh opportunity to think about others and give so generously to support the amazing work that goes on.
“It has been an immense privilege for my entire team to continue ‘walking the journey’ with Claire House.”
Claire House needs £6,500 every day to cover its cost of care, which includes expert nurses, medication, counselling services, taking siblings on outings and the day to day running costs.
Fundraising manager Abi Smith said: “The car raffle has been a fantastic way to give a little something back to our supporters by offering them the chance to win this car in exchange for their efforts.
“We’re overwhelmed by how generous people have been, often purchasing dozens of tickets to support Claire House.
“Linda is such a worthy winner and has been a huge supporter of Claire House. We wish Linda many years of happy driving in her new car.”