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Dream Factory receives £25,000 from Intu Lakeside

AT intu Lakeside’s 25th birthday celebrations on Sunday 25 October, a giant cheque for £25,000 was handed over to the centre’s chosen charity of the year, The Dream Factory.

intu Lakeside also granted its fourth dream for the charity during the event. 15 year old Harry Luxton, who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, received his dream of an Apple Mac laptop, which was presented to him by intu Lakeside’s Marketing Manager, Donna Callander.

The Dream Factory, which was founded by Avril Mills after she lost her son Oliver to leukaemia, grants dreams for young people with terminal or debilitating illnesses. As part of intu Lakeside’s 25th birthday celebrations the shopping centre pledged to raise £25,000 for the charity and help dreams come true over the course of 2015.

Part of the £25,000 has been raised by intu Lakeside staff and shoppers and has been used to grant a number of dreams throughout the year. These dreams have included swimming with dolphins in Portugal, a trip to Legoland and a £500 shopping spree at the centre. Along with granting dreams, intu Lakeside’s staff have also got involved with fundraising activities of their own, including a triathlon.

Donna Callander, Marketing Manager, says: “We are delighted to have had such a worthy local charity involved with our 25th birthday celebrations. This year, we have been so impressed with the work that Avril Mills and her team carry out each and every day, and we’ve been delighted to help make dreams become a reality for some very deserving young people!”

Avril Mills, Founder of The Dream Factory, comments: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the charity to help celebrate intu Lakeside’s 25th birthday. The money has made a huge difference to the charity and we couldn’t be more grateful for everything that the centre has done.”


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