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Highland Hospice checks in generous £700 boost from shoppers

By Val Sweeney

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Eastgate Shopping Centre manager Jackie Cuddy.
Eastgate Shopping Centre manager Jackie Cuddy.

Generous shoppers have raised £700 for Highland Hospice by dropping spare cash into a new donation station at the Eastgate Shopping Centre.

The facility, situated outside HMV, was installed last September.

Shoppers now have the option to tap their support for Highland Hospice, thanks to a new contactless payment reader which has been added to the donation station.

Those wishing to donate can choose to give either £5 or £10 to the charity. Traditional cash donations can also be made.

Centre manager Jackie Cuddy said: "Our shoppers are well-known for supporting our chosen charities so I’m sure the contactless donation station will be a great success and will help to raise vital funds for an extremely worthy cause."

She said the hospice’s café, In the City, is also reopening while its charity shop – which moved to a new prime flagship location in Falcon Square in May – had been a great addition to Eastgate’s retail offering.

"We are also looking forward to working with Highland Hospice again for the upcoming festive season," Ms Cuddy said.

"The charity will be managing Santa’s Grotto and will benefit from all the income raised."

The donations made at the shopping centre help the hospice to provide compassionate care and ensures support is available for people living with life-limiting illness and age-related frailty across the region.

It also helps the charity to develop projects such as Helping Hands, Sunflower Home Care and the End of Life Care Together partnership.

Hospice corporate fundraiser Karen Duff said: "We are delighted that Eastgate hosts one of our contactless donation stations, making it so quick and easy for shoppers to support the hospice.

"With people carrying much less cash in current times, these card donations are a valuable new income stream for us."

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