Charities and good causes around the area have greatly benefited through the support of a Skegness shopping centre.
A total of 84 individual charities used the facilities in the Hildreds Shopping Centre in 2013 and in the process raked in excess of £70,000.
Deputy Centre manager Steve Andrews revealed the staggering figure after collating data from the past year from most - but not all - of those who have held a charity shop within a vacant unit or on a stall or table to raise vital money.
“It’s all for local good causes and we think it is a fantastic amount of money which all goes to help local charities in the Skegness and Lincolnshire areas,” said Steve.
“We are very proud of our association with a wide variety of local charities and are pleased to offer our help and support wherever possible,” he added.
Some of the charities which have been allowed to fundraise in the centre included the RNLI, Keith’s Rescue Dogs, The Air Ambulance, St Barnabas, the Skegness Day Centre, the Ryan Smith Foundation, Steven Huckle, the Northcotes Heavy Horse Centre, Skegness Carnival Committee and many, many more.
“We have also used the vacant units to allow community groups and organisations such as The Skegness Art Group, The Skegness Fire Brigade, Skegness Crime Prevention Panel, East Coast Craft Fairs, plus others to reach out to a wider audience and engage with visitors to the centre,” Steve explained.
“For six months, the centre also opened one of our vacant units and turned it into pop-up The H-art Gallery which raised the profile of Skegness as an arts community, spot-lighting the diverse range of skills and abilities of local artists.
“It gave local people the ability to not only see original artwork produced by local talent, but also to meet and speak to the artists involved,” Steve said.
And Steve feels 2013 was a great year for The Hildreds and it already has lots of exciting plans for this year.
“We have already got lots of exciting things planned for 2014 – so watch this space,” he said.
More information can be found about the many events, exhibitions and more held in the Hildreds on the centre’s Facebook page, Twitter Page and website.