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A Stockport shopping outlet with a unique claim to fame is going back in time to help St Ann’s Hospice.

A Stockport shopping outlet with a unique claim to fame is going back in time to help St Ann’s Hospice.

Staff at Broadstone Mill Shopping Outlet within Broadstone Mill in Reddish – once the largest cotton spinning mill in the world – are holding a charity walk linked to the site’s history and heritage.

Claire Vincent, Marketing Manager at Broadstone Mill Shopping Outlet, said: “When it was a working mill the last leg of the cotton’s journey was along the Manchester Ship Canal.

“We’re walking as far as we can in March, with over a million steps walked in the first week of the challenge.  We’re then working out how many times we’d have walked up the Ship Canal. The activity has brought staff together, even though most are furloughed.”

Over a century ago the building echoed to the sound of machines.  From Monday, April 12, it will hopefully be the noise from ringing tills and chatting customers when the outlet finally reopens after being closed for much of the last year due to Covid-19.

Broadstone Mill Shopping Outlet, the department store with two floors of shopping and places to eat, has chosen St Ann’s as its charity of the year.

Claire said: “We can’t wait to open again.  It’s been a long time and we’re looking forward to seeing regular and new customers too. We have done some refurbing in the store while we’ve had the opportunity so we can’t wait to show this off.  It’s very exciting to be opening the doors!

“There are 17 of us doing the walking challenge to kick off our fundraising activities for St Ann’s. Apparently, a nurse or carer at the hospice walks an average of three miles a day, so that’s been our daily minimum target, although one staff member covered 54 miles in the first week!

“We’d recommend any other businesses to select St Ann’s as their chosen charity, especially as the hospice celebrates its 50th birthday this year.”