Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas


With only one day left until Valentine’s Day, we can’t be the only ones who are feeling the last minute panic to buy our loved ones the perfect gift. Lucky for you, Cupid works on a deadline at Monks Cross. Here are some of our last minute easy gift ideas:

Nothing shows that you really know your partner more than buying them an outfit to wear on Valentine’s Day. Picking out an outfit for your girlfriend is not only romantic but will make her feel great. Feel those 70s vibes with this heart print mini dress from River Island, this is dress can be worn for a more casual look with some boots or dressed up with some stilettos making it perfect for your Valentine’s Day plans.

 

To match that 70s vibe, nothing shows you know your boyfriend more than picking out the perfect patterned shirt to match his style. Not only is this Primark shirt on trend for Spring / Summer 2019 but it’s so versatile it’ll make a lasting impression on his wardrobe.

 

Valentine’s day is all about love and spending time together, so how about you treat your loved one to a  BUYAGIFT experience from Debenhams. You can choose from a romantic meal out at The Shard or spend the day getting pampered at a local spa, perfect for spending quality time together!

 

Put your own unique twist on ‘I Love You’ by hand making your loved one a Valentine’s Day gift. From handmade cards, gifts to baking. Hobby Craft has everything you need to give that special someone a personalised gift that they’ll love.

 

For those on a budget, Poundland are offering some great Valentine’s Deals. Whether you feel like popping the question, they now sell engagement rings. Or you could make a hamper of all your loved ones favourite things, for some ultimate brownie points from your other half!

Don’t let the pressure of Valentine’s Day get to you, let the gifts speak for themselves by getting yours from Monks Cross.

SNAPPY


Monks Cross chosen charity for 2019 is the Snappy Trust, formerly known as Snappy (Special Needs Activities and Play Provision for York),

Originally founded in 1985 by four parents who felt that their children had a tough time over the school holidays because of limited time with friends. They got together with one of the school’s head teachers and arranged to bring some of the children into school for a few days over the summer holidays to enjoy some play activities – and Snappy was born!

​They have grown a lot since then and now support over 300 children, young people and their families each and every year. They have expanded their programmes to include a variety of activities and events and aim to empower our children and young people by developing confidence, independence and social skills but mostly, we give our children and young people the opportunity to enjoy new experiences, have fun and make friends. Snappy is very proud their reputation across the York area and of the work the incredible team.

Monks Cross will be working on a number initiatives over the year to help raise awareness and much needed funds for Snappy.

If you would like to find out more about Snappy, or make a donation, please visit their website.

www.thesnappytrust.org/

 

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.”

 

MONKS CROSS SHOPPERS GIVE GENEROUSLY TO LOCAL CHARITY, THE ISLAND


MONKS CROSS SHOPPERS GIVE GENEROUSLY TO LOCAL CHARITY, THE ISLAND

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.”

For more information on how you can become a dementia friend please visit: https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/