The Spires Shopping Centre is one of 140 shopping centres across the UK who took part in ‘One Great Day’ in June raising over £5,400 for Noah’s Ark Childern’s Hospice and Great Ormond Street.
One Great Day was established in 2014 and has so far raised over £400,000 for 93 different children’s charities along with Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity. One Great Day now covers over 50 million square feet of retail space across the United Kingdom, from Folkestone to Aberdeen and nearly everywhere in-between!
The Spires Shopping Centre sought to raise money for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice and Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity by taking on a mammoth challenge by completed 20,000 press ups in just four hours! To ensure the team was motivated, The Spires gained the support of II Squadron, an elite parachute-trained field squadron from the RAF Regiment. Nicknamed ‘The Rock Apes’.
The two teams of six competed against each other at The Spires, with only one member in each team completing a press ups at any one time, so team work was imperative.
Shall Wall, Centre Manager at The Spires commented ‘“Great Ormond Street Hospital and Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice do amazing things on a daily basis supporting families in times of need. My own son was admitted to Great Ormond Street Hospital when he was just a baby to undergo a lifesaving procedure, which wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing support and donations from people all over the Country.
We wanted to create an event that not only got our customers and local residents talking, but to help bring the community together, raise awareness and a substantial amount of money for these two amazing Charities”
The teams were supported and motivated by the brilliant and funny duo, Mike and Mike, the wonderfully British and funny commentators.
The day also saw a silent auction and Tombola, with prizes generously donated by retailers at The Spires and throughout the high street, for which The Spires were extremely grateful for.
The Shopping Centre has raised over £5,400, which will be split between the two charities, with Great Ormond Street using this money and the money from all the other shopping centre to purchase 2 ECHO machines the hospital is in desperate need of.
The Spires would like to extend their thanks to everyone who donated and supported the teams in this epic but very fun challenge.
Michal Noe, Trustee of One Great Day, said: “We are thrilled to have The Spires Shopping Centre as one of 140 shopping centres taking part this year, helping so many children’s health charities across the country. We are very grateful to CBRE, Montague Evans and Savills, our official corporate partners, for making this initiative possible.”