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You’ll love what happens to all the coins in the water fountains at intu Trafford Centre


More than £600,000 has been collected from the fountains across intu Trafford Centre since 1999. Every single coin is cleaned, counted and donated to local charities with the centre choosing three worthy causes every two years.

In the past two years, more than £70,000 has been donated to local bereavement charity, Once Upon a Smile, the north-west branch of Breast Cancer Care and defibrillator awareness charity Hand on Heart.

Other charities which have benefited from shoppers’ generosity since the centre opened  include The Alzheimer’s Society, Guide Dogs for the Blind, St Ann’s Hospice, North West Air Ambulance, Trafford Macmillan Care Centre and the Greater Manchester Cerebral Palsy Society.

As the centre approaches its 20th birthday, intu are inviting loyal shoppers to choose which local charities become their new Fountain Fund partners for 2018-2020.

They should be like-minded registered charitable organisations, preferably in Trafford or Salford, who want to make a difference to our communities and make a significant impact on the north west of England.

Full rules of eligibility are below.

Click here to download an information pack 

Click here to download an application form

Please email your application form to [email protected] by 00.01 25 September 2017.

All shortlisted charities will be announced via the intu website and the Manchester Evening News in early November, following which the final charities will be selected via a public vote. The successful charities will be revealed by the end of 2017.

Rules of eligibility

• The application must be specific to the North West of England, preferably in Trafford or Salford.
• Applicants must be registered charities or community projects with Local Authority recognition.
• Charities and community projects must fit our target criteria
• Hospices must be recognised by their local area health authority.
• Funding will only be granted for specific projects, for example, the purchase of equipment or appropriate special services etc, and should not contribute towards general running costs.
• All applications will only be considered directly from the charities or community projects concerned rather than a third party.
• Funding will be for a maximum of two years and can be pulled at any time.
• Applications or requests for advertisements in publications will not be considered.
• Retrospective applications cannot be considered.
• All approaches for funds must be made through the formal application process and canvassing Committee or Board members may nullify the application.

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