TV star hosts char­ity event

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­

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

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