20 good deeds marks Bluewater’s 20 years

PUBLISHED: 16:31 08 March 2019

Bluewater shopping centre. Photo: Adrian Brooks/Imagewise

Bluewater shopping centre. Photo: Adrian Brooks/Imagewise

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To mark its 20th anniversary, Bluewater is coming up with 20 good deeds that it plans to get behind for several years to come.

These community projects will be pursued throughout the year and beyond, the giant shopping centre said.

As its second decade in business rolls by, management at Bluewater pledged to support 20 Good Deeds by investing both time and money in community initiatives.

Ever since it opened on March 16 1999, it has become a key landmark in the Kent landscape.

Some of those good causes includes Bexley Deaf Centre which offers lip reading services to help people with hearing loss and The Hygiene Bank, providing essential toiletries to support those vulnerable and struggling within the local area.

Dartford-based Elements Gymnastics will be awarded funds and volunteer time to purchase and build specialist equipment to help advance their young gymnasts to an elite level.

Bluewater said all 20 projects will receive a mix of funds and staff time, by way of thanks to the communities that have supported Bluewater for the past 20 years.

Lizzy Hall, founder of The Hygiene Bank, said: “We all make financial choices, but for those living in poverty these choices can be extremely stark. When faced with eating or washing, the answer is obvious. Sadly this means hygiene products can slip out of reach, but basic hygiene is about wellbeing, self-confidence and dignity. Our mission is to provide essential hygiene and personal care products to those who can’t afford them.

“With the help of Bluewater and Kent residents we’ll be able to further raise awareness of the need to tackle hygiene poverty and support those in need.”

Millions have been to the centre in its 20 years from right around the world and help contribute £391m to the UK economy every year.

Through the business, its partners and guests, Bluewater said it now supports 7,800 full time jobs, paying over £154m in wages each year.

Additionally, Bluewater says it has brokered employment for over 50,000 people, the majority of which are from Kent, via the nationally recognised Learning Shop.

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