The Glades Shopping Centre, as part of the centre’s Plan G initiative, is to provide free space for local businesses to extend its reach across the community.

As supporters of The Chartwell Cancer Trust, The Glades invited The CCT free use of one of their prime locations as an Awareness Centre and Pop Up Shop for two weeks in June. The pop up shop was located on the top floor atrium of The Glades and was open every day during The Glades’ normal trading hours until Sunday 24th June.

To celebrate this exciting new venture, shoppers, supporters and retailers were invited to attend a private evening reception on the day of the shop’s opening on Monday 11th June at 7pm.

The reception was very well attended by many of The CCT’s supporters including Bromley FC, Churchill Theatre Bromley, Laptops and Lipstick, Warboar Games and Paradice Board Game Café, and Mayor Kim Botting with her Consort, Councillor Mike Botting. The very talented Kentones Bromley Barbershop Harmony Club and solo singer Courtney Noakes also delighted guests during the evening with their wonderful singing performances to great applause.

Unlike traditional charity shops, the Awareness Centre over the two weeks enabled The CCT to showcase what it does for the local community. Shoppers were encouraged to join, organise or take part in a wide variety of fundraising events including Sponsored Walks, 10k Runs, Skydives, Wing-Walks, The Dragon Boat Race, House of Commons Dinners, Coffee Mornings and Prosecco Evenings. There was also information on charity events, for example, The CCT’s VIP Hospitality at the Biggin Hill Airport’s Festival of Flight on Saturday 18th August. They also held a raffle in the shop during the two weeks and there was a good range of branded merchandise available for purchase.

The shop was managed each day by one of The CCT team, assisted by wonderful Volunteers. All shoppers were invited to pop in for a chat, coffee and a slice of cake!

The shop also presented The CCT with the opportunity to launch a new capital project to raise £350,000 for the fit out and upgrade of the New Endoscopy Unit in The Princess Royal University Hospital. With around 10,000 endoscopic procedures a year, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, the demand for these services has greatly increased and the Unit is no longer able to meet the required national standards.

The new upgrade will ensure and maintain the Unit’s vital role in providing diagnostic tests for Gastrointestinal, Bowel, Lung and Pancreatic Cancers.

Senior Trustee of The Chartwell Cancer Trust, Michael Douglas said: “The upgrade of the Unit is long overdue, patients and hospital staff deserve better facilities and we are going to make sure that they get them.”

The Chartwell Cancer Trust was delighted with the positive feedback and praise received from everyone who came to visit them and would like to thank them all for dropping by!

Thank you also to The Glades for giving The CCT this wonderful opportunity and to its fantastic team of Volunteers, without them we would never have managed!