Aldi shoppers raise €20,000 for Our Hospital Heroes Charity
20 May 2020
Aldi Ireland has donated €20,000 to the Our Hospital Heroes charity. The donation comes from funds raised within a week of its fundraising “Irish Nurses Thank You” bouquets going on sale across its 142 stores in Ireland.
All proceed from the bouquets, which went on sale to mark International Nurses’ Day on 12 May, have been presented to the charity.
Aldi has also announced a combined donation of 100,000 medical grade facemasks to Our Hospital Heroes and Age Action, the national charity working to protect older people in Ireland.
The masks will be distributed by Our Hospital Heroes to nurses and other frontline workers in eleven hospitals across Ireland, as part of the charity’s efforts to provide PPE and other essentials to protect health and wellbeing at this time. Age Action Ireland will be distributing the donation to those who need them most across the country.
“At Aldi, we wanted to give back to the community and those who need our support most,” said John Curtin, group buying director, Aldi Stores Ireland. “It’s thanks to our customers that we can donate over €20,000 to Our Hospital Heroes from the sale of a special fundraising bouquet, and it’s thanks to the work of Our Hospital Heroes that the funds raised and masks donated today will benefit nurses and other frontline workers.
“We know that older members of our society may be feeling very vulnerable at this time, and Age Action has been working tirelessly to offer comfort, advice and practical supports, and the masks donated will help them continue in the weeks and months ahead.”
Micheál Sheridan, campaign spokesperson for Our Hospital Heroes, said; “Now more than ever, those working on the frontline and in healthcare settings need a steady supply of essential PPE including facemasks, and with Aldi’s support, we are able to help thousands more on the frontline as a result.”
“Age Action is delighted to receive Aldi’s donation of masks for those who need it most in our community, and care homes,” said Paddy Connolly, CEO of Age Action. “We know that older people are most at-risk, and essential supplies such as this really make a difference to their comfort and confidence at this time.”