After more than 1,400 votes were cast by St Marks shoppers, the centre has announced that local charity, Linkage Community Trust, has been chosen as its first-ever ‘charity of the year’.
The organisation provides care, specialist further education and employment services to enable people with learning disabilities to realise their full potential.
Laura Docking, Community Fundraiser at Linkage, said: “We are both overwhelmed and delighted to be selected by the people of Lincoln to be St Marks’ charity of the year, especially as we are the first. We are really looking forward to working with the centre over the course of the next 12 months, which I’m sure will be a very successful venture.
“Our vision at Linkage is that people with learning difficulties have opportunity and choice and are supported to achieve their aspirations. We provide a range of services that enable individuals to develop skills and behaviours to live more independent lives. By collaborating with St Marks, we will be able to continue to raise awareness within Lincoln as well as build on the already excellent foundation we have created.”
The charity relies heavily on donations in order to provide invaluable services to those with Down’s Syndrome, Autism, Asperger syndrome, Williams syndrome, language and speech difficulties and much more. Thanks to this new partnership, St Marks Shopping Centre, will be working tirelessly to raise as much as possible through numerous charity events and activities across the year.
Valerie Johnson, St Marks Shopping Centre manager, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Linkage Community Trust. It has quickly become an inspirational organisation to so many in the town, offering many, who struggle on a day to day basis, a variety of skills that will allow them to lead creative and purposeful lives. Not only that, it also provides a place of trust and safety where people can build life-long friendships and discover who they are beyond the “learning disability” label.
“With the fantastic generosity from our shoppers, which never ceases to impress me, I’m very confident we will be hugely effective in generating much-needed funds for this very deserving charity.”