The Dolphin Shopping Centre has delighted two local causes by appointing them its chosen charities for 2015. Margaret Green Animal Rescue and Julia’s House will receive funds collected from organised charity events, and receive support from the Centre throughout the year.

This will be the first time that the Dolphin Centre has supported two charities with each looking to raise much needed funds. Margaret Green Animal Rescue, who are currently celebrating their 50th anniversary, and Julia’s House, who need to raise £4.6 million this year, have already formed part of the Dolphin Shopping Centre’s fundraising efforts. The centre has already been contributing by collecting food donations for Margaret Green Animal Rescue, and in addition, were able to raise £3,845 for Julia’s House with their annual Christmas grotto.

Kate Cross, fundraising manager for Margaret Green Animal Rescue, said: “We are over the moon with the support we have had from the team at the Dolphin Shopping Centre, both for their extraordinary offer of support throughout 2015 and now their brilliant food collection.  As well as fundraising support, we look forward to the Centre’s event suggestions. This is an immensely important year for the charity which sees us celebrate 50 years of animal rescue, and we thank the Dolphin Centre in recognising this.”

Lin Hudswell, community fundraising manager for Julia’s House, remarked: “We are tremendously grateful to the Dolphin Shopping Centre for their support, which began last year with a donation raised from their Christmas grotto. We need to raise £4.6 million this year to carry out our vital care service and with only 7 per cent coming from government funding that’s quite a challenge. So the Dolphin Centre’s assistance with this is really important to us and very much appreciated. Not only will they be helping with funds, we look forward to their support throughout our events and activities over the coming year.”

Centre manager of the Dolphin Shopping, John Grinnell, added: “As part of our CSR initiatives, each year we support a local charity. This year I was overwhelmed by the desires of our team to support not one, but two charities that hold a special place in the hearts of our community. We thoroughly felt that each of the charities needed our help; as it is obvious that 2015 is going to be a very special year for both.”