intu Milton Keynes Teddy Amnesty - Shelley Peppard - 3All parents know what it’s like when their children collect teddy after teddy – their bedrooms can start to look more like teddy bear sanctuaries! Well, for any teddies that could do with a new home, intu Milton Keynes is launching the Teddy Amnesty and inviting children to donate one of their old teddies.

The Amnesty will be located on Central Boulevard from Saturday 7 until Sunday 29 May. All donations are welcome, whether it’s a four-foot bear or a teeny tiny unicorn, even if it’s got a little stuffing oozing out; the talented team at The Zip Yard will be repairing any injured teddies at their Teddy Bear Hospital.

Recycling beloved teddies gives children the chance to pass on their furry pal to a child that can give it a new, loving home. Donations will be divided among selected local children’s charities and groups; any organisations that would like to be the beneficiary of donations can register by emailing or phoning 01908 255618.

The Teddy Amnesty is launching in association with intu Milton Keynes’ Eco Weekend, which takes place on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 May. Celebrating all things green, the shopping centre will be showcasing the best environmental initiatives from stores within the centre as well as services from across the city.

For mini eco warriors there will be a chance to create a pedal-powered paint spinning masterpiece; they can race the cyclists on a pedal-powered Scalextric; and they can take part in green-themed craft workshops and colouring in – all activities are FREE. There will be a wall jam-packed with facts about intu Milton Keynes and brands within the centre, enabling shoppers to find out more about what environmental processes take place behind the scenes.

Thames Valley Police will be in centre offering cyclists the chance to get their bikes marked and to learn more about keeping safe on the roads. MK Council and Reconomy will also be at the event, along with the RSPB which will be inspiring people to give nature a home in their gardens with interactive examples of bug hotels and bird homes, children can do some bird anatomy puzzles on Saturday and make their very own dragonfly on Sunday. Chargemaster will also be demonstrating electric car charging points.

Flo and the rest of the team from Willen Hospice will be signing people up to the MK Midnight Moo which takes place on Saturday 16 July, starting and finishing at intu Milton Keynes. The walk not only raises awareness and funds for the good work that Willen Hospice does, but promotes wellness through walking – the ultimate green method of transport.

intu is committed to protecting the environment and operating its centres in the most efficient way possible. The company has made great progress towards achieving measurable outcomes. Last year it boosted its recycling rate to 72% and recorded a reduction in energy intensity of 13%, to note just two of our targets.

One of the key projects at intu Milton Keynes this year is the regeneration of parts of the famous Redways, creating a better environment for the local community to enjoy, as well as helping to encourage wildlife in the area. Intu plans to build on this project, heading into 2017, by partnering with The Conservation volunteers and local people to set up a Green Gym.

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