Putting a lock on our love

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Rachael Woods

An in­stal­la­tion cel­e­brat­ing the power of love gave vis­i­tors the chance to write ro­man­tic mes­sages on heart-shaped pad­locks.

The McArthurGlen Ash­ford De­signer Out­let Cen­tre marked the start of its 2016 part­ner­ship with Pil­grims Hospice on Valen­tine’s Day, with the spe­cial pro­ject which asked peo­ple to make a do­na­tion to the hospice.

The Love Lock in­stal­la­tion, out­side the Su­perdry store, was un­veiled on Sun­day.

It was in­spired by sim­i­lar projects at the Pont des Arts Bridge in Paris, the Vodootvodny Canal in Moscow and at the Great Wall of China.

Ash­ford De­signer Out­let cen­tre man­ager, Peter Corr said: “The Love Lock In­stal­la­tion is a chance for our vis­i­tors to ex­press their love on a spe­cial day, while mak­ing a dif­fer­ence with their do­na­tion to the Pil­grims Hospice.”

Just 500 pad­locks for the in­stal­la­tion are be­ing made avail­able from the Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre for a min­i­mum do­na­tion of £2.50 and all money raised will go to Pil­grims Hospice.

Any non-ap­proved locks will be re­moved from the fence so the cen­tre can en­sure max­i­mum do­na­tions to the Pil­grims Hospice and, af­ter a few weeks, the in­stal­la­tion will be moved and do­nated to the char­ity. The cen­tre aims to raise £55,000 from events in the year ahead.

Mr Corr said: “We sup­port Pil­grims Hospice’s vi­sion for hospice care: that ev­ery­one should have ac­cess to the ser­vices they

need to cope with ill­ness that can­not be cured and make the most of the time they have.

“With one of our three hospices si­t­u­ated in Ash­ford, only a short drive from our cen­tre, our abil­ity to raise funds and lo­cal aware­ness will make an enor­mous dif­fer­ence.”

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Esme and Fern Lynch at a Love Lock in­stal­la­tion at Ash­ford De­signer Out­let

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