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Clarks Village announces new charity partners for 2017

 2nd Feb 2017

ClarksClarks Village is proud to announce its two Charity Partners for 2017: Cancer Research UK, and Somerset Wildlife Trust.

As an integral part of the community, Clarks Village strives to facilitate and support local activities and families, and the chosen charities will form part of its fundraising work for 2017. Throughout the year, Clarks Village will work with these charities to fundraise and raise awareness through events, having charity pots in all shops and eateries, and working with them on dedicated marketing and social media campaigns.

Clarks Village will be supporting the Wells Area Fundraising Group for Cancer Research UK, who bring together the local community around Wells, Street and Somerset by organising parties, family fun days and skydives to raise vital money and awareness. All in order to beat over 200 types of cancer, bringing forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Becky Trout, Local Fundraising Manager for the charity in West Dorset and Somerset, comments, “Every two minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. With the crucial help of Clarks Village Management team, staff and visitors, we’re working to fund research which will help more men, women and children to fight and survive the disease. Our research is global, but it has a local impact – every day, people in the South West, and all across the UK, benefit from our work and the fatality rates from cancer in the South West have fallen by over a fifth, over the last 20 years. We’re very excited to be chosen and look forward to working closely with the team!”

The second charity is Somerset Wildlife Trust, working to protect and preserve vulnerable wildlife and habitats for over 50 years. Right on Clark’s Village’s doorstep are two of the Trust’s nationally important wetland nature reserves, Westhay Moor and Catcott, and the hope is that outlet visitors will also visit these reserves when travelling to the Village.

Director of Fundraising & Marketing for Somerset Wildlife Trust, Katie Arber, says, “Somerset’s wildlife is part of what makes living, working and visiting the county so special. Being one of Clark’s Village’s chosen 2017 charities gives us a unique opportunity to engage with their staff and the large number of people who visit the Village. Through running wildlife-themed events, we will increase the funds we have to support wildlife conservation here in Somerset and grow our 18,000-strong membership, so Somerset’s wildlife has a stronger voice at a time it is in need of greater public support.”

Across the year, both charities will be involved with annual events such as the Easter and Summer activity, and Christmas Extravaganza, as well as individual fundraising days and activities. The Clarks Village Management Team will also be personally supporting the two chosen charities, by donating some of their own time to fundraising activities over the year.

Commenting on the new charity partners, Chris Davis, Centre Manager for Clarks Village, says, “It was an incredibly tough decision to make, as all charities that entered were truly worthy of our partnership, but we’re delighted for both Cancer Research UK and Somerset Wildlife Trust to be on board for 2017. Both are fantastic charities who do invaluable work for the community, and are close to our hearts at Clarks Village.

“Throughout the year, Clarks Village works hard to ensure we meet the needs and demands of our local community and valued customers, and we will celebrate and promote these charities. We’ll also work in partnership with our charities to maximise their planned activity and share this with our visitors, to ensure their messages are truly shared and heard. It’s an exciting year and we hope our guests will join us in supporting them!”

Cancer Research UKFor more information about Cancer Research UK, please visit www.cancerresearchuk.org.

For more information about Somerset Wildlife Trust, please visit: www.somersetwildlife.org.

For more information about Clarks Village, please visit: www.clarksvillage.co.uk. To keep up to date with village life, follow the Clarks Village social media channels: Facebook www.facebook.com/clarksvillage, Twitter @ClarksVillageUK and Instagram www.instagram.com/clarksvillageuk.