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A one night only event of exclusive deals and discounts is taking place for north east students at intu Metrocentre from 3pm to 9pm on Wednesday 26 September.

Over 90 of intu Metrocentre’s top retailers and restaurants such as Topshop, Barburrito, Levi’s and Bella Italia are taking part in its annual student shopping night this year, with as much as 50% off in some stores.

Goodie bags will be given away in The Village to the first 500 students who flash their wristband while in the lower Green mall, between Next and Topshop, shoppers will be treated to free beauty demonstrations from top brands such as Inglot, Topshop, Urban Decay and The Body Shop.

In Exhibition Square, near Primark, students can see if they’re up to the challenge of beating Namco’s giant inflatable Pacman maze then try their hand and spin the wheel to win some tasty prizes with Nando’s and Barburrito.

Over in Town Square, near House of Fraser, Amazon Prime will have a live DJ playing Prime Music tracks while students can put themselves at the heart of the action in key Prime Video titles at the green screen photo booth. There will also be sign up stations where students can sign up to Prime Student for a chance to win a trip to New York – all students who sign up will get a £5 or £10 voucher to redeem on Amazon.

Mental health foundation Blurt will also be at this year’s event to raise awareness of depression and mental ill health among young people.

intu has joined forces with Blurt to run mental health drop-in sessions at every student shopping night being held at intu centres up and down UK, where they will provide advice and information on where to seek help to cope with stressful situations.

Helen Atkinson, marketing manager at intu Metrocentre, said:

We’re looking forward to giving north east students a night to remember where as well as being treated to some brilliant discounts and deals they’ll be able to enjoy all the entertainment on offer. We’ve teamed up with some of the country’s best known brands and fantastic local DJs to create some truly memorable experiences for local students.

For the first time, we’ve invited mental health foundation Blurt to intu Metrocentre’s Student Night where they will be on hand to raise awareness of mental health among young people and provide support and more information on where to seek help.”

The partnership between intu Metrocentre and Blurt follows research by advocacy and research body Universities UK which found 94% of universities have noted a ‘sharp increase’ in the number of people looking for support services over the past five years.

Jayne Hardy, Blurt’s founder and chief executive, said:

We admire intu’s socially responsible approach and look forward to seeing what impact our student shopping nights partnership brings to young people at a time when support for mental health is greatly needed.”

intu Metrocentre’s student night take place on Wednesday 26 September from 3pm to 9pm. Visit intu.co.uk/metrocentre for more information.

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