Shoppers are encouraged to talk about their mental health in a positivity tree at the Trafford Center

Shopping and leisure destination Trafford Palazzo has announced a number of new events for May, including the installation of a positivity tree. Launched in tandem with Mental Health Awareness Week (May 9-15), the tree will give shoppers the opportunity to connect with others and help those who feel lonely.

Located in major shopping centers opposite Primark, visitors are encouraged to write a message of support to someone else and place the note on the branches of the tree. There will also be a designated seating area around the tree for people to sit and take their time reading the messages.

Kate Holland, Senior Corporate Marketing Partner at Peel L&P, said: “We wanted to show our support during Mental Health Week and offer something tangible to our visitors and the Positivity Tree was installed to generate messages of hope and inspiration. As this year’s theme for mental health awareness is loneliness, we are truly proud to establish Trafford Palazzo in conjunction with cafe operator, Second City Coffee, a Chatty Café facility to accommodate people who may alone to chat and chat and take the time to read the incredible messages of encouragement and support from the public.

Meanwhile, on May 5, a tribute to Ukraine by Untold Orchestra will take place between 6 and 7 p.m. The performance by the Manchester-based collaborative orchestra will see 12 musicians perform Ukrainian music with covers, performed against the backdrop of the Palazzo’s fountains.

Trafford Palazzo will partner with the Bolton Lads and Girls Club – a Bolton-based youth club and charity – to raise awareness and funds for the Bolton Ukrainian Cultural Centre, which forms the Bolton branch of the Association of Ukrainians in Britain, and Boys’ and Girls’ Bolton Club.

Those in attendance will be able to donate on the day, with proceeds going to Ukraine Appeal and Bolton Lads and Girls Club. An online donation point will also be available through Trafford Palazzo website.

Located across the bridge from the Trafford Centre, Trafford Palazzo – formerly known as Barton Square – is where you’ll find Primark, Legoland and Sea Life. The site was bought last year by Peel L&P, the original developer of the Trafford Centre.

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