Applegreen Charitable Fund reaches €2m
Through the charitable efforts of its customers and staff, Applegreen has reached the milestone of €2m raised, since the foundation of the company's charitable fund in 2009, helping vital services for children and adults nationwide.
15 December 2017
Since January 2016, over €1 million has been raised by Applegreen for current charity partners Debra Ireland, Barnardos, ISPCC Childline and Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice. The support from Applegreen fundraising has been invaluable to the service users and their families who receive support from these charities.
“I am delighted to announce that Applegreen have raised €2 million for our charity partners since the foundation of our Charitable Fund, and €1 million of that in the last two years,” said Conor Lucey, Applegreen’s head of operations. “Our theme for 2016 and 2017 was ‘Supporting Ireland’s Children’ and we are positive and thankful that the funds raised by Applegreen staff and customers will have a life changing impact on each of our charity partners and their patients and families.”
In particular, funds have been directed to:
- Debra Ireland’s EB Community Care, supporting projects such as an EB Outreach Nurse and family support services tailored to individual families in their own homes
- Childline, which was able to recruit, select, train and manage over 60 Childline volunteers
- In Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice, the funding went towards the salary of three specialist children’s palliative care nurses
- More than 150 disadvantaged pre-school aged children were able to attend an intensive Barnardos Early Years development and school readiness programme to support their social, literacy and behavioural skills.
To celebrate the €2m milestone, Applegreen is offering ‘double donations’ on all customer transactions in its stores throughout December. 2c from every purchase made in an Applegreen forecourt will be donated by the company to go towards funding the vital services of these incredible children’s charities.
Throughout the year, Applegreen head office staff and stores organise events to raise awareness, volunteer days and raise funds including static cycles, fun runs, skydives and marathons.
“Applegreen’s support has had an extraordinary impact on the lives of our patients and their families,” said Jimmy Fearon, CEO of Debra Ireland. “That includes their generous investment in our EB Community Care programme as well as the incredible awareness of EB in the community through Applegreen’s phenomenal support of EB Awareness Week.
“Our families, who have struggled with the stigma of this rare and incurable disease, now experience a level of understanding never felt before,” he added.
Grainia Long, CEO of the ISPCC,congratulated Applegreen on the milestone. “The partnership with Applegreen has helped children all over the country,” Long said. “The funds raised by the wonderful employees and customers of Applegreen have helped Childline to continue listening to children who need support or need to talk to a trusted adult, every day and night.”
Earlier this year Applegreen won The Community Foundation for Ireland Corporate Philanthropist of the Year award for its significant support for a number of charities and also went on to pick up the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Community Partnership with a Charity LIC award.