Gunwharf Quays raises thousands for good causes

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Gunwharf Quays has celebrated another successful year after donating more than £27,000 to local charities and community groups.

The shopping centre raised more than £7,800 for Mencap and more than £7,700 for the Rainbow Centre in Fareham following a host of charitable activities held throughout the past year.

Furthermore, the ARISE scheme has now reached a landmark £31,000 of donations to good causes.

Set up in 2012, the scheme has helped over 46 local charities, groups and associations. Gunwharf Quays is supported by Mitie and GBM as benefactors of the charitable scheme, enabling ARISE to further strengthen its support for local organisations.

General manager Colin Wilding said: ‘Portsmouth is a unique city – we have over 200,000 people living here and yet the sense of community is still overwhelming.

‘So many of the city’s residents dedicate their time and energy to supporting others and it’s our pleasure to be able to support them with our ARISE funding. To reach this momentous total is a huge achievement.

‘2016 looks set to be another great year for us and we look forward to continuing our philanthropy and investments in future-proofing the centre.

‘In the coming year, we’ll be playing host to the America’s Cup World Series once more – Gunwharf Quays is an official supporter of the Series – and we can’t wait to welcome the renowned sailing event and its spectators back to our shores as we showcase Portsmouth’s tourist offering and put our city firmly on the map.’

Gunwharf Quays also made a significant investment in developing the centre’s infrastructure last year – from the introduction of new landscaping in the central square to a new guest relations suite.

Eight new brands were also launched, including Reiss, Lulu Guinness, Phase Eight and Hackett.

Colin Wilding, General Manager, said: ‘Our new developments have helped us to cement our position as the South’s leading outlet shopping centre.

‘It’s an exciting time for Portsmouth – our work with Shaping Portsmouth has given us an insight into what lies ahead for our local area and the future is looking very bright indeed. In response to this, we’re ensuring that Gunwharf Quays will continue to attract shoppers from across the UK – allowing us to give a welcome boost to Portsmouth’s economy.’