Handforth Dean Retail Park raised an amazing £454 for local charity Ollie’s Army thanks to the generous shoppers that visited the centre’s Pumpkin Patch!

Shoppers were definitely in the Halloween spirit on Tuesday 26th October but there were no tricks given, just a wonderful amount of treats!

The centre hosted a pumpkin patch, where shoppers could pick a pumpkin in exchange for a donation to Ollie’s Army. Over 125 pumpkins were picked throughout the event which raised an amazing £454 for the charity.

Ollie’s Army, who won the public vote on social media last week with 62% of the votes, attended the event to help raise awareness of Battens disease. Batten is a rare, incurable and fatal disease with a life expectancy of six to twelve years. The charity was founded by parents of Ollie and Amelia Carroll who both have CNL2 Batten disease.

“Ollie’s Army thanks everyone who came to the pumpkin patch and made a donation, we are overwhelmed by the money raised. We are grateful for this opportunity to raise more awareness of Battens Disease.” said Jennifer Lambert, founder of Ollie’s Army.

“We are very proud of the generosity of our shoppers and pleased that everyone enjoyed the Pumpkin Patch. It was great to see lots of people enjoying themselves in the centre.” said Alan Wright, Centre Manager at Handforth Dean Retail Park.


Photo: Ollie & Amelia with mum Lucy Carroll from Ollie’s Army and Terri-Ann from Handforth Dean Retail Park

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