Rochdale Exchange launches monthly scheme to support local charities

Date published: 05 February 2018

Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre is appealing to Rochdale charities as they gear up to launch a new community support campaign.

After continued success supporting the town’s deserving organisations during its Christmas festivities, Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre is set to back local groups throughout the year with its new monthly community scheme.

Each month, The Exchange initiative will look to connect with Rochdale’s charities, organisations and groups in order to raise awareness, funds and support with their own upcoming campaigns and initiatives. Every month a theme will be set to recognise community topics including mental health, education, animal welfare and homelessness.

Lorenzo O’Reilly, Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre manager, said he was delighted to launch The Exchange and is looking forward to connecting with the incredible charities of Rochdale throughout 2018. He added: “Over the past few years we have donated the funds from our Christmas grotto to a number of organisations in the town including Moorland Children’s Home, Petrus, Springhill Hospice, Rochdale Connections Trust and PAWs - and it has been deemed a huge success,” he said.

“Last year we also put up a Giving Tree in the centre for the first time, encouraging shoppers to donate gifts to Key 103 Cash for Kids Mission Christmas campaign. This saw customers being hugely generous by giving hundreds of gifts to the initiative, so we thought The Exchange would be the perfect opportunity to grow our community spirit and recognise groups throughout the year and not just at Christmas.

For the first month, Rochdale Exchange will be supporting Pennine Animal Welfare Society, which is also known as PAWs.

Lorenzo said: “It is going to be great welcoming back PAWs to the centre.

“They are currently campaigning for ‘Operation New Home’ as they are looking to expand into new premises so they can give even more animals the love and emergency care they need.

“To fund the new premises they have launched a ‘Buy a Brick’ scheme, which can be given as a gift, keepsake or memento of pets of a loved one."

The centre will be looking for other charities to support throughout the year.

Lorenzo added: “Supporting PAWs is a great start to The Exchange monthly campaign and we encourage any organisations, groups and charities to come forward so we can give their worthwhile causes recognition and awareness in order to continue the excellent work they do for the community.”

Anyone interested in being supported by The Exchange scheme should email Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre:

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