The Broadway Shopping Centre in Bradford has announced the official launch of its community partnership with Bradford Hospital Children’s Charity. The centre team invited local children to attend the inaugural ride of its new mall train and have also made a £1,000 donation to mark the occasion.
Twenty children from Bradford Hospital and their families were invited to The Broadway on Hall Ings, where they were asked to conduct the train’s very first journey through the centre. Following the train ride the centre’s special guests visited Urban Chocolatier for a special treat of delicious chocolate creations.
The £1,000 donation will go towards enhancing the new children’s wards, providing all those special ‘little extras’ which will make a stay in hospital as comfortable as possible, like contributing to a multisensory room for children with complex needs, enhancing a multifunction room for dining and play as well as adolescent rest facilities, and ensuring each bed station is as homely as possible.
Ian Ward, general manager of The Broadway, said: “It’s incredibly important for us to give back to the community, and we could think of no better way to do that than to pledge our support to the Bradford Hospital Children’s Charity. The work they do there is invaluable and we’re very proud to be able to contribute to it.
“We were delighted to have the children in the centre and on-board the mall train for its debut journey around the centre. We hope the children and their families enjoyed their day and the sweet treats from Urban Chocolatier”
Beccy Bardgett, consultant paediatrician from Bradford Hospital Children’s Charity, said: “We are thrilled to be the chosen partner charity for the Broadway Shopping Centre and are very grateful not only for this generous donation, but also for providing a wonderful day out for some of our patients and their families.
“The children were absolutely delighted to be the first ‘passengers’ on the train and loved their Urban Chocolatier treat. This is a very exciting partnership for us and will help us to provide the very best facilities for the babies and children of Bradford and their families’.
The Broadway Express opened to the public on Saturday 23 July and is a permanent fixture in the centre. The train will pick passengers up outside Boots, and take them on a tour of the centre. A first for shopping centres in Yorkshire, the train holds 18 people and has its very own dedicated driver. The mall train will cost £2.50 per child, or £7.50 for 4 rides.