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Time to SHINE as Queensgate announces new charity partner

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It is time to let it shine as Queensgate shopping centre has announced its new charity of the year, Shine – the UK’s largest organisation dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

In the first of a series of special family events, this summer will see the charity launch Benny Bear’s birthday party where mascot Benny will be out and about throughout the centre to delight little ones and provide entertainment.

Adding to the fun factor, later in the summer Shine will be hosting "Challenge Gobi", a brilliant badminton tournament fronted by world class parabadminton player Gobi Ranganathan, who works for Shine developing the membership and promoting disability sport.

As always, there will also be plenty of other exciting events planned throughout the year designed to engage local people and encourage involvement in the charity.

Laura Rowlett, marketing co-ordinator at Queensgate comments:

“With so many fantastic entries this year, it was incredibly difficult to choose a charity partner. However, Shine really stood out as an extremely important cause with a significant presence in Peterborough, providing dedicated support and communication to really enhance the lives of local people.

“We are thrilled to announce the new partnership and we look forward to helping Shine raise both money and awareness with the many events we have planned.”

Tom Scott, marketing co-ordinator at Shine commented:

“We are so pleased to be working alongside Queensgate. Here in the UK, thousands of people are affected with spina bifida and hydrocephalus which, asides from the medical issues, can often leave them feeling isolated from society. However, with the right level of support and the help of local and wider community, we can come together to really make a difference to help those affected, promote equality and improve lives.”

Founded in 1966, Shine is a community of 75,000 individuals, families, friends, and professionals, sharing achievements, challenges and information on living with hydrocephalus, or spina bifida, and related issues.

The charity ethos is that in working together throughout members can overcome the inherent challenges and achieve the best for themselves and their family.

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