Young runner swaps cross country for cross continent thanks to shopping centre sponsorship

17190784_1299719556781246_8173255122508447054_nA 21-year-old runner is set to take on a gruelling 650-mile challenge to raise funds for a Sierra Leone-based orphanage thanks to a shopping centre sponsorship opportunity.

Prospect Shopping Centre, along with several of its local suppliers, has sponsored David Newlove’s place on the Hope Alive Tour, a nine-day adventure taking place across six cities and two continents organised by Operation Orphan.

Mr Newlove, supervisor at the centre’s Poundland store, is the final runner to be confirmed on the 12-strong relay team, which sets off from the centre’s Brook Street entrance on Saturday 1st April, at 10.30am.

He said: “I couldn’t believe it when I was told I had been chosen. I’ve never been on an aeroplane before and the furthest away from England I’ve been is Amsterdam, so to say I am excited is an understatement.

“I like to keep fit. I really enjoy running and I’m quite strict with my diet, but I never thought I’d ever be running this far. It’s going to be a massive personal achievement for me and a fantastic experience.

“I can’t wait to meet all the other runners and I am counting down the days until I will be on the starting line.”

Hull was chosen as the starting point as the birthplace of William Wilberforce, leader of the abolition of the slave trade movement and known for his humanitarian work in Sierra Leone.

The runners will continue across the cities of Cambridge, Nottingham, Liverpool and London – pioneers of the slavery abolition movement, before flying out to Sierra Leone, continuing in Freetown and finishing at Operation Orphan’s Heaven Homes sanctuary.

Maria Kamper, Centre Manager for Prospect Centre, said: “We are extremely proud to have been chosen as the starting point for the Hope Alive Tour and delighted to have been able to sponsor a local runners place on this once in a lifetime opportunity.

“Thanks must also go to our suppliers – Kingston Cleaning Service, AM Support Services and Total Support Services, for making it possible to fund David’s journey.”

Much loved local fundraiser, 94-year-old Jean Bishop, otherwise known as “The Bee Lady” will be waving the flag to set the runners off on their mammoth journey at the launch, which will also be attended by The High Commissioner of Sierra Leone and other national dignitaries.

Michael Scott, founder of Hope Alive, said: “After almost a year of planning, it is a fantastic feeling that the tour is finally here.

“We have an exceptional team of runners and the number of individuals, businesses and organisations that have got behind this initiative to support in one way or another is just incredible – I cannot thank them all enough.

“All funds raised from The Hope Alive Tour will help provide vital services to orphaned and deprived children and improve their quality of life. Every £500 raised for Operation Orphan covers the monthly living costs of 25 children, so we are grateful for any donations received.”

Flutter of moths at West Street entrance



A flutter of Gypsy Moths, based on the plane flown by Hull aviatrix Amy Johnson, are now in the air just inside Prospect Centre’s West Street entrance.

The cardboard replicas of the biplanes were completed by local children in celebration of the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia. Prospect Centre has also sponsored a moth as part of the ‘A Moth for Amy’ project and the Amy Johnson Festival – which will be in the main atrium until the beginning of next year.

Shopping centre beats off stiff competition from businesses across the city to be crowned winner of children’s hospice charity challenge

12208774_10156220341585506_3458937453451427984_nOne of Hull’s busiest shopping centres has won a charity challenge after going head to head with businesses across the city to raise money for children with a wide variety of illnesses in the community.

Prospect Shopping Centre raised more than £1,500 for St Andrew’s Children’s Hospice after completing the Your Inspired Charity Challenge, which, from an investment loan of £100, provides an opportunity for businesses to prove they can outwit each other using their fundraising flair.

The fundraising task not only saw the centre come up against St Stephen’s, but also Tesco, Hemingway Bailey, EYMS and De Vere Urban Resorts to see who could raise the most during October for the Grimsby-based hospice, which provides free care for children with life-limiting illnesses in Hull and the East Riding.

“We are absolutely delighted to have won the charity challenge,” says Lee Appleton, Prospect Centre manager. “Every penny raised for this fantastic cause is extremely precious to the children and families it helps and we’re so grateful to St Andrew’s for giving us such a great opportunity to take part.

“Supporting the community has always been very important to the centre and I’m extremely proud of the Prospect team and our retailers for pulling together to organise an action packed month that we all had stacks of fun taking part in.

“We might be vying for footfall all year round, but businesses in the city are first in line to pull together for the greater community, a quality which makes me proud to work in Hull.”

The Centre’s charitable efforts included tombola’s, raffles and bake sales, followed by a brave member of the security team baring all for a sponsored chest wax, a silent disco and a chilli challenge, where contestants were faced with eating a hot, fiery and nuclear chicken wing in the fastest time possible.

The centre management team also volunteered to be locked up in medieval style stocks to be hit with wet sponges and a 30 ft long, Rugby World Cup-inspired, bungee run had been planned for half term, but despite being rained off Prospect Shopping Centre still managed to race ahead of its fundraising target.

Jane Whenham-White, head of income generation at the hospice, said: “The people in this region have a reputation for being enterprising and go-getting types and yet again they haven’t disappointed.

“We need to raise £3.5m each year to maintain the services within the adult’s and children’s hospices and this is all made possible by their support. Our challenge to those taking part was to be ambitious, bold and daring, be creative and above all, be inspired and those are the exact qualities each and every one showed and for that we are extremely grateful.”

Lee Appleton was presented with the trophy by Dean Windass at the Inspired awards evening, which was held on Tuesday to celebrate the participants achievements.

To sign up to the Your Inspired challenge or to find out more, contact Adrienne Hodgson on 07730 748519.

Shopping centre celebrates frighteningly good footfall figures following Halloween

12193514_847385578692260_5435189877621600725_nProspect Shopping Centre is delighted to report a further increase in Halloween footfall figures this year, following from an exceptionally busy day on October 31st.

With in excess of 31,000 visitors to the Centre on the day, footfall increased by 20.2% on the previous week and was 5.5% up on Halloween 2014. With the events hosted in the Centre’s strEAT foodcourt, CPL Foods benefited from a 45% increase in footfall within their demise on the day and 6%increase in sales, with the highest footfall being achieved at 2pm when the event launched.

Nightmare on Prospect Street was launched last year and was hugely successful, resulting in the campaign being shortlisted for a prestigious Purple Apple award.

The year’s series of events, dubbed Nightmare on Prospect Street II, saw the return of our spooktacularly successful Little Pumpkins Party, a free fancy dress party for children of all ages. The trick or treating around the centre and broomstick flying lessons were just some of the afternoon’s key highlights before darkness fell and things got a whole lot more scary.

We wanted to give the student scare-seekers of Hull a truly original experience – one which they wouldn’t find anywhere else in the city. Drawing on our unique status as being one of Hull’s most haunted buildings, we transformed the strEAT foodcourt into an eerie cinema that played back-to-back horror movies after the centre had closed, right through until the witching hour.

The event was extremely popular, with more than 70 students donning freakish fancy dress crossing the threshold over the course of the evening. From the feedback we received, it appears most people had heard about the event through flyers our marketing team handed out at colleges during the morning and lunchtime rush, as well as all the students who received it under their bedroom doors in their halls of residence at the University of Hull. Others mentioned they had seen their friends were attending through the event we set up on Facebook.

Everyone received free popcorn upon entry and was able to relax on giant beanbags as they settled down for the scary screenings, all of which had been voted for by the public in the weeks running up to Halloween on a Facebook poll. The event saw us team up with CPL Foods to offer a series of £10 sharing meal deals in strEAT foodcourt, as well as a KIDS EAT FREE* incentive for children accompanied by an adult purchasing a full price meal.

It was an action packed day to say the least and we are already gathering very positive feedback from retailers, who noticed how busy their stores were as a result of the Halloween events!

Prospect Shopping Centre teams up with Hull KR to find Hull’s Superhero Dad!

Prospect Shopping Centre is welcoming two high profile ‘red and white’ Super League players into the centre on Saturday, June 7.

Two players from Hull Kingston Rovers – the identities of whom will be revealed on the day – will be donning Superman t-shirts and posing for photographs with shoppers between 12noon and 1pm.

The event is aimed at raising the profile of Father’s Day, which is just around the corner, and encouraging shoppers to try and win an Adult Half Season Pass for the remaining games of the 2014 season, courtesy of Hull KR.

All shoppers have to do is pose for a picture with the two players here at the centre and visit the Prospect Shopping Centre website later in the day to find their picture and get as many votes as possible – simply click ‘Like’ to vote for it, the one with the most Likes will ultimately win the prize so tell all your friends and family to vote for you!

Black and white fans shouldn’t be disappointed as the centre is hoping to team up with the club for another initiative later in the year, all being well.

Hull School of Art & Design Opens “Pop Up” Shop in the Prospect Shopping Centre!

To celebrate the annual Hull BID Fashion Week, the Prospect Shopping Centre is handing over one of its units to post graduate students from the Hull School of Art and Design, giving them the chance to run their own “Pop Up Shop”.

The students, who are all studying Fashion and costume design courses, will be opening the shop on Friday 18th April, giving shoppers a glimpse of their work and the students a first-hand experience of working in the retail industry.

Half of the unit, which is located opposite Goldsmiths, will be dedicated to the work of these up-and-coming designers, giving them the opportunity to showcase, and possibly sell, their creations.

The other half of the unit will be used as a Charity Swap Shop.  You will be able to donate your old clothes, which the students from HSAD will transform into beautiful new outfits.  These will then be sold with all proceeds going to charity.

The HSAD Pop Up Shop will be open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm for four weeks.

For further information please call Prospect Shopping Centre on 01482 324619.


Hull KR and Hull FC to encourage shoppers at Prospect Centre to "Convert Their Coins” for charity

Hull Kingston Rovers and Hull FC will be encouraging visitors to the Prospect Shopping Centre to “convert their coins” for charity on Saturday 22nd March.


The Teenage Cancer Trust, an organisation devoted to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer, is the Prospect Centre’s chosen charity for 2014.  To help raise awareness and money for this charity, the centre has set up two rugby ball shaped “wishing wells” into which shoppers can throw their donated coins.  However, to make things more interesting one rugby ball is in the red and white colours of Hull KR and the other in the black and white of Hull FC, with shoppers being asked to put their coins into their favourite team’s ball.


Representatives and the mascots from each club – Rufus from Hull KR and the Airlie Bird from Hull FC – will be at the centre from 11am to 1pm to meet fans, hand out leaflets and persuade shoppers to put their coins in their “rugby ball”!


“Supporting charities and the local community is important to the Prospect Centre and we believe the Teenage Cancer Trust, which helps so many young adults cope with cancer, is an extremely worthwhile cause,” explains Lee Appleton, centre manager of The Prospect Centre.


“We know our shoppers will be generous, as they always are, and all money tossed in the rugby balls will go directly to the Teenage Cancer Trust.  However, we thought we would have a little bit of fun along the way and it will be interesting to see which club raises the most money!” adds Lee.


The amount of money raised and which team is in the lead can be tracked on the Prospect Centre’s Facebook page


For further information about Hull KR and Hull FC’s visit to the centre and how to convert your coins into a charity donation, visit the Prospect Shopping Centre website at, or call 01482 324 619.

Prospect Centre supports Teenage Cancer Trust

The Teenage Cancer Trust has been named as Prospect Centre’s ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2014.

The centre will host various fundraising events through out the year to raise awareness and support for the charity.

This year Teenage Cancer Action Week takes place 22 to 26 September. You can learn more and find out how you can get involved here

During the summer months the charity will be highlighting the risks of not applying sun cream with the ‘Shunburn’ campaign. Find out more here


Our first fundraiser of the year is the Hull FC v Hull KR coin collection which is located by the escalators up to the strEAT food court.

If you wish to donate simply throw you spare change into the rugby ball of your chosen team. There’ll be regular updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


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Prospect Centre sponsors local amateur rugby team

We are pleased to announce that we are now the proud sponsor of the Lambwath Lions A.R.L.C  U8’s team.

The team are always looking for new players for the existing U8’s, U9’s, U10’s, U12’s and U13’s.

No previous experience is required as the trainers will build on their skills and interest in rugby.

U8’s, U9’s and U10’s: Matches start in April 2014 and run until September against other clubs.

U12’s and U13’s: Matches start in February 2014 and run until September against other clubs.

Names are also being taken now for 4 and 5 year olds to learn rugby the fun way, based around rugby skills and general play.

Training will take place in Spring 2014 on a Saturday morning at Mappleton Grove Playing Fields, next to Archbishop Sentamu Academy.

All training is by coaches who are CRB approved and qualified, or volunteers who are working towards a qualification.

For further information please contact Martin (youth secretary + child welfare officer) on 07866 149917