As the go-to retail destination in Inverness, we are passionate about playing a key part in the local community. Therefore, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is at the heart of everything we do.
As the largest Shopping Centre within 100 miles, Eastgate plays an active part in supporting local charities and initiatives. We seek to assist the local community by offering mall space to help promote different charities and causes, and we also host special events to raise profiles and money.
In 2019, Eastgate took part in One Great Day – a series of family and community charity events that were held throughout the UK to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH) and other local children’s health charities. Divided between GOSH, and Eastgate’s chosen charity partner, Children’s Hospice Association across Scotland (CHAS), a total of £1,107 was raised. All money raised for CHAS stayed locally in the Highlands and helped to support the services provided by their two full-time nurses in the area.
At Eastgate, the festive period offers an opportunity for helping others and giving back to the community, and thanks to the generosity of thousands of shoppers passing through the doors of Eastgate Shopping Centre each Christmas, a staggering amount of money is raised for local causes.
In 2019, the Inverness and North Kessock RNLI raised over £6,000 (£1,000 more than in 2018) through sales of their Christmas cards, diaries, and calendars. United Charities who were selling Christmas cards from local charities such as Blythswood Care, Highland Hospice, Christian Aid, and Marie Curie raised over £13,500.
In the lead-up to Christmas, The Salvation Army offers a gift-wrapping service and in 2019, just short of £10,000 was raised. This was an amazing amount and allowed the charity to distribute 400 gift hampers to the local area. Moreover, a staggering 2,160 presents of all shapes and sizes were dropped off at Centre Management for The Giving Tree. Organised each year by the Order of St John, all gifts are donated by the local community and are delivered to less fortunate youngsters throughout the Highlands in time for Christmas.
In aid of The Highland Hospice, Eastgate’s Beauty and the Beast-themed grotto in 2019 raised over £11,000. Installed in September 2020, Highland Hospice also has a donation station which is located outside HMV, and thanks to the generosity of shoppers who have been dropping in their loose change and a bit extra, over £700 has been raised for the charity so far (July 2021). For those wishing to donate, there is also the option to use a contactless card reader (£5.00 or £10.00).
Jenna Hayden, Highland Hospice (Events Fundraiser), said: “We are so grateful to Eastgate Centre for always being so accommodating and supportive of our fundraising and helping us fund the care and support we provide across the Highlands.”
Do you want to get involved?
We are more than happy to help promote your charity and help boost fundraising efforts.
To find out more about Eastgate’s mall space, please contact:
Administration & Commercialisation Manager
T: 01463 246894,
For further information regarding Eastgate’s advertising opportunities, please contact:
Digital & Marketing Executive
T: 01463 246891