Media Release: Coopers Square Trick & Treat For The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice

Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire – Monday 19 October, 2009; Coopers Square shopping centre is hosting its first ever Halloween event but there’s no need to be spooked because it’s all for a good cause. Only happy spirits will be allowed at the special three-day event from 29-31 October, in aid of the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice.

A variety of light-hearted fundraising activities are planned in the Main Square offering the opportunity for shoppers of all ages to get involved. The fun starts on Thursday 29 October, when visitors can don their finest Halloween fancy dress for the competition to be judged by Town Centre Manager Paul Howard. Anyone can enter for just a £1 donation to be in with a chance of winning £50 in Coopers Square vouchers. Even Coopers Square staff and tenants will be getting into the spirit of the fundraising event by also paying £1 to take part in their own fancy dress competition, again judged by Paul Howard, with a top prize of £50 in Boots vouchers. The Coopers Square winner will be announced at 3pm and the public judging will commence thereafter. If fancy dress isn’t your thing, then why not have a go at the £1 trick or treat lucky dip, with goodies donated courtesy of various Coopers Square stores. On Friday 30 and Saturday 31 October, Coopers Square will welcome members of the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice who will be raising awareness of the charity’s sterling work in the Main Square, all of which would not be possible without help from local volunteers. All proceeds raised across the three-day Halloween event will help the comprehensive children’s hospice service provide vital respite and end of life care for children with life threatening conditions within Staffordshire and South Cheshire. Dave Chadfield, Coopers Square Centre Manager, commented: “I hope our shoppers will embrace Coopers Square’s first Halloween event in aid of the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice. The charity provides vital care to local life-threatened children and Coopers Square is only too happy to help raise awareness of their fantastic work. “I’m grateful to all of our staff and stores for getting behind the cause and for donating trick or treat goodies and prizes. I can’t wait to see everyone’s fancy dress efforts and the friendly gathering of witches, ghosts and ghouls. I hope everyone has a lot of half-term fun while helping to raise funds for the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice.” Sophia Baker, Community Fundraiser from the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice, said: “We rely on the generosity of the public to raise the £2 million that we need each year. The ongoing support of the staff at Coopers Square and the people of Burton, especially those involved in the local Friends Group, helps us to provide respite and end-of-life care for life limited children from across Staffordshire and South Cheshire. I would like to thank Coopers Square for hosting this event and urge everyone to take part in what I am sure will be a fantastic few days.” -Ends- Notes to Editors In 1999, the Coopers Square shopping centre was acquired by Grosvenor – the leading international property development, investment and management group – for its Grosvenor Shopping Centre Fund. The centre contains over 70 stores, more than 1000 adjacent parking spaces, and covers an area of 35,750 square metres. The Grosvenor Shopping Centre Fund was established in 1998. It is a partnership created to invest in high quality, dominant shopping centres around the UK. The Fund is managed by Grosvenor from its office in London, combining the expertise of the company’s fund and asset managers. The Fund currently owns Dolphin Shopping Centre, Poole; Coopers Square, Burton upon Trent; Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness; and Freshney Place Shopping Centre, Grimsby. For further information please contact the Coopers Square Press Office: Emma Spearing, Hazel PR Tel: +44 (0)1202 862411 Mobile: +44 (0)7736 341828 Email: emma.spearing@hazelpr.com

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