My View, Laurie Barton-Wright - Male shoppers have some fun

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It’s June already and this week we are busy preparing for Father’s Day. We’ve teamed up with Prostate Cancer UK to help to raise awareness of the disease and make sure our male shoppers have some fun!

I’ve been centre manager at the Frenchgate Centre for just a few months but I’ve quickly learned that our local Doncaster community is a fun and caring one.

Laurie Barton-Wright

Laurie Barton-Wright

So we’ve decided to run two days of pampering fun for dads ahead of Father’s Day, tied in with raising funds for the charity.

James Herrington, from the Gentleman’s Retreat in Bawtry, is setting up home at the centre from 11am to 4pm this Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 14, to offer dads a special shaving experience with all donations of £5 or more going to Prostate Cancer UK.

James will be creating the perfect environment outside Debenhams on the upper mall for dads to have a relaxing hot towel shave – and this is quite an experience!

People often struggle to think of a good present for Father’s Day and we think this is a fantastic way for kids to give their dad a unique treat and help charity.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK.

More than 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, and 250,000 men are currently living with the disease.

Because this is a condition that only affects men it seemed the perfect fit for us to encourage people to celebrate and treat their dads on Father’s Day and raise funds for this important charity.

This kind of partnership working, with the Gentleman’s Retreat and the charity, is great for the town and we are keen to work closely with other organisations to help to put Doncaster on the map for all the right reasons.

Frenchgate Shopping Centre, which has been at the heart of Doncaster town for over 40 years, attracts over 19 million visitors a year and that is something we should be really proud of.

We are planning a fantastic programme of events over the next few months including family events, teaming up with other key attractions, and a new website to offer our customers even more.

Doncaster is a great place to live and do business and we want to make sure that as a centre we are doing our bit to serve the local community, attract outside visitors to the borough and starting to shout about the great things that the town has to offer.

Post Father’s Day we’ll be focusing on the World Cup and (dare I say it?) summer.

We hope to see our readers at Frenchgate Shopping Centre soon and, in the meantime, don’t forget to follow Frenchgate on Twitter and Facebook.

* Laurie Barton-Wright, Centre Manager, Frenchgate Shopping Centre