Trio of charities shortlisted for shoppers’ vote

THREE South-Yorkshire charities have been shortlisted to be named Lakeside Village’s Charity of the Year.

B:Friend, Donmentia and Open Minds have been named in the final phase of a search launched by the retail outlet shopping centre.

The shortlisted trio, chosen by the centre management from nominations made online, will now be put to the shoppers’ vote, with token drop boxes located at the centre until June 9.

Lyndsey Parry, deputy centre manager said: “Our annual vote for our charity of the year is getting more and more popular each year.

“This is the third time we’ve put our search for a Charity of The Year to social media for nominations and then narrowed down the suggestions to a final three for our customers to vote for.

“All of the charities nominated do a fantastic job in helping people across our borough. It’s now over to our shoppers to place their votes and select our Charity of the Year for 2019.”

Shoppers visiting Lakeside Village can vote by making a purchase and receiving a token to place in their selected charity’s box in the indoor area, located next to Ernest Jones.

B:Friend works to tackle loneliness and social isolation, volunteer befrienders pledge to visit a socially isolated older neighbour near them for one our per week for a cuppa and chat.

Donmentia is a team of volunteers working to raise money to help people in Doncaster affected by Dementia.

Open Minds is a counselling service providing one to one and group therapy, art therapy, mentoring and support for adults, children, couples and families.

Lyndsey added: “We wish all three of the charities the best of luck and encourage our shoppers to get involved in this worthwhile process.”

For further information, please visit www.lakeside-village.co.uk

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