St George’s Shopping Centre in Preston is proud to be a valued partner of St Catherine’s Hospice, the largest independent local charity in Central Lancashire.

St Catherine’s supports people in Chorley, Preston and South Ribble affected by life-shortening conditions like cancer, motor neurone disease and heart failure to have the best possible quality of life, until the end of life.

As a local charity they must raise £3.5m of their £5.2m running costs, without the support of the local community, including local businesses their work simply wouldn’t be possible.

St Catherine’s is proud to partner with the St George’s Shopping Centre on several key fundraising and engagement initiatives throughout the year, helping to generate vital funds whilst raising awareness of the work of St Catherine’s and providing a presence for the organisation in a busy city centre hub.

These include:

  • The St Catherine’s Hospice lottery - a valuable source of sustainable income for the charity.
  • Light Up a Life Tree - one of the hospice’s most long-standing and poignant events, set up soon after St Catherine’s opened in 1985
  • Education and Awareness - St George’s Shopping Centre provides a fantastic avenue for this community engagement work.

 

St George’s Shopping Centre has been a proud partner of Galloways, a local charity supporting blind and partially sighted people in the local community for over 150 years. Galloway’s needs to raise over £1 million every year to meet the cost of their existing services.

St George’s support has included:

  • weekly bucket collections
  • Galloways volunteers operating St George’s Christmas Grottom, all donations received going directly to Galloway’s
  • Christmas gift wrapping service - all donations received going directly to Galloway’s

 

The Baby Beat Appeal is a local registered charity established in 1987 and raises funds for the two Maternity Units and Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) which are part of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Preston and Chorley. With limited NHS budgets, the charity ensures that the 3 units stay at the very forefront of new developments and cutting edge equipment designed to ensure babies born within our community have the very best start to life.

The charity remit covers four key areas

  • beforepregnancy with research
  • duringpregnancy with the latest monitoring equipment and technology to date including the wellbeing of the Mother
  • following delivery with Neonatal equipment for premature and sick babies
  • sadly beyondwith bereavement support and care.

Over recent years St George’s has supported the Baby Beat Appeal by:

  • facilitating bucket collections at keys events
  • supporting Preston paramedic choir
  • partnering with the Baby Beat Appeal for One Great Day, a national fundraising event where funds raised are split 50/50 with Great Ormond Street and a local childrens health charity which in our case was The Baby Beat Appeal.
St George’s recognises the importance of providing free entertainment for children and adults alike and as such hosts a variety of events and activities during school holidays and on keys dates throughout the year.
Please keep checking back for our upcoming events and activities.
St George’s takes a lead role in supporting City Centre events and initiatives, providing funding for events such Prestfest and the Christmas Light Switch. The Centre Manager works closely with the local business community, participating in various City Centre committees including Preston BID.

Sustainability

As a building that has evolved over fifty years we focus on managing responsible practices in the upgrade, replacement and refurbishment of existing facilities as and when opportunities arise.

Store refurbishments, building repairs and maintenance provide many opportunities for the introduction of sustainable materials and energy saving technology.

Energy & Water

We actively monitor usage across all areas, with improvements implemented as required.

The centre’s heating and lighting levels are computer controlled to minimise energy consumption. The lighting used in the centre is progressively being upgraded to LED systems to reduce energy consumption. The multi storey car park was the first area where a full LED lighting system was installed in 2014.

Plus we now have 10 FREE TO USE electric vehicle charging bays in our car park!

Waste

We’re committed to recycling, all the waste produced by St George’s since 2013 has been diverted away from landfill. All our waste electrical and electronic equipment is disposed of in accordance with government guidelines and regulations.

We constantly review new opportunities as waste process facilities are developed by specialist waste service businesses.

Bees

Did you know we have our very own bee colonies on our roof? Bees are so important in many aspects of life and in recent years with numbers in decline we wanted to do our upmost to protect and grow numbers locally. Plus the honey we harvest is good too…