Gift Giving Tree


Monks Cross Shopping Park is teaming up with York charity Snappy over the festive period. Shoppers are being asked to visit the Gift Giving Tree in the Shopping Parks Information Centre and collect a tag from the tree to donate a Christmas present.

Snappy is a registered charity working with children and young people of York with wide ranging disabilities, from learning difficulties to profound physical disabilities. The volunteers work to develop confidence, independence and social skills but mostly, to give the children and families the opportunity to enjoy new experience have fun and make friends.

Anne Stamp “We have worked with Monks Cross previously and customers have always been so generous in their support. As a self-funded local charity we are very grateful to anyone in advance to donates a gift, the difference they make is immeasurable and we hope to make this a great success.”

Katherine Sharp, Centre Manager of Monks Cross, comments  “It’s great to see the local community coming together to support each other, especially at this time of year. Snappy have recently been subjected to a funding cut, so we really want to give them all the help we can this Christmas.”




We held the now annual One Great Day event in June. The day of fun filled activities was created in order to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital and local charity, The Island.

On the day over £700 was raised for The Island, a children’s charity based in York. The charity, which supports children between the ages of 8 and 13 (up to 18 if they have additional needs) provides a number of mentoring services to enhance children’s mental, emotional and social well-being. Since the charity was formed in 2008, they have supported and enriched the lives of over 2,500 children based in York.

A spokesperson for The Island said “We are grateful to the Monks Cross shoppers who donated so generously. This incredible amount means that one vulnerable child will be able to access our services with a fully-trained volunteer mentor for 24 weeks. As a small local charity we are very grateful to everyone who went above and beyond to support our worthy cause.”

Centre Manager of Monks Cross Katherine said, “One Great Day was a fantastic day for  us and we are very pleased to be able to support a charity provides such vital services within York, so we owe those who donated a huge thank you! It’s great to see the local community coming together to support each other.

Dementia Friends


Earlier this month the Centre Management team at Monks Cross took part in the Dementia Friends training programme.

The Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition. The Programme Partnerships team worked with Monks Cross to successfully rollout Dementia Friends and guidance so the shopping park can work towards becoming more dementia friendly.

Centre Manager Katherine Sharp said of the training,  we are very proud to have taken part in this training, with 1 in 6 people above the age of 80 having dementia, it’s an illness which effects so many of us in so many different ways. Being Dementia Friends means we at the centre have been able to put ourselves in the shoes of someone living with the disease and turning that understanding into action.”

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