Saturday, September 23, 2023

Lakeside donates free shop space to charity following ‘unprecedented’ public support

THIS week, KidEco took occupancy inside vacant shop space witihn Lakeside Shopping Centre, following a huge outpouring of support from the local community.

Triggered by the UK’s record-breaking heatwave fires that saw a KidEco staff member’s home destroyed, the charity has been inundated with donations and contributions. With goods flooding in, the charity was soon struggling to cope with the generosity and called upon Lakeside for help. 

The management team at the Thurrock shopping centre came to the rescue and have now offered free shop space to help KidEco organise, store, and manage products. Open from Thursday 4 August, the charity is asking people to again bring in donations and volunteer their time by visiting KidEco on Level 1 near HSBC.

Kelly co-founder of KidEco said: “We cannot thank everyone enough for their generosity and support, we have been overwhelmed by the unprecedented kindness of people over such a challenging time. We are also grateful to Lakeside for being by our side and helping our fundraising efforts, hundreds of people will now benefit from this.”

KidEco, together with its partner The Kids Bank HQ are asking for shoes, toys, books, baby formula, clothing, blankets, and food items to be donated. These items will be donated to those in need plus people can purchase items with all proceeds going to the charity. 

The Centre Director at Lakeside, Howard Oldstein said: “It is a privilege to support such a selfless cause and to utilise space in the centre to help our community. I wish Kelly and her team all the very best and encourage anyone to donate whatever they can.”

To find out more about KidEco and to make contact, visit


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