TV star hosts charity event
TV personality Linda Barker has been unveiled as the new face of intu Uxbridge’s year-long partnership with the Michael Sobell Hospice.
The designer joined other VIPs, including Mayor of Hillingdon Catherine Dann to celebrate the partnership launch, known as the Butterfly launch, on January 24. There was entertainment for the young, including face painting, arts and crafts.
Intu Uxbridge shopping centre has pledged to donate £25,000 to the Michael Sobell Hospice, which is based in Mount Vernon Hospital in Uxbridge, to sponsor one of its nurses for a year.
Ms Barker said: “I’m delighted to be a part of the intu Uxbridge and Michael Sobell Hospice partnership. The launch was extremely successful with lots of children being kept entertained all day by taking part in various butterfly-themed activities. The butterfly pin-badges are a special souvenir to celebrate the partnership. I love mine!”
Pin badges will be sold and intu is planning a Butterfly Ball to raise money and will redecorate one of the rooms in the hospice for patients and families.
Marketing manager for Intu Uxbridge Craig Higgins said: “We are delighted to adopt the Michael Sobell Hospice as our charity partner for 2015 in recognition of the important work it does in our community. Butterfly pin badges and butterflies in a jar charity souvenirs – available exclusively at intu Uxbridge and the Michael Sobell Hospice – were hugely popular at the launch. We’ve already made £500 towards our target.”
n BUTTERFLY: Pin badges and butterfly-in-a-jar souvenirs continued the theme of the charity partnership
n CHANGING FORTUNES: TV star Linda Barker, left, and Mayor of Hillingdon Catherine Dann at the launch
n HIGH HOPES: entertainers kept visitors happy at intu