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Londis gives Irish charities 60,000 reasons to celebrate as it marks 60 years serving Irish communities

Charity ambassadors Aoibhinn McGinnity (on behalf of Pieta House); Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh (on behalf of the Irish Hospice Foundation); Miriam O’Callaghan (on behalf of Temple Street Children’s Hospital), joined Stephen O’Riordan, Chief Executive of Londis to launch the Londis ‘60K for 60 years’ charity partnership

Charity ambassadors Aoibhinn McGinnity (on behalf of Pieta House); Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh (on behalf of the Irish Hospice Foundation); Miriam O’Callaghan (on behalf of Temple Street Children’s Hospital), joined Stephen O’Riordan, Chief Executive of Londis to launch the Londis ‘60K for 60 years’ charity partnership

To celebrate sixty years serving local communities in Ireland, Londis is giving its customers the opportunity to share €60,000 between three national charities; Pieta House, the Irish Hospice Foundation and Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. Supporting causes which affect young and old in local communities throughout Ireland, Londis’ charity partners were chosen by their network of over 200 Londis retailers nationwide.

Speaking at the launch, Londis Chief Executive Stephen O’Riordan commented: “This year Londis celebrates 60 years serving local communities and to mark this occasion we want to give something back to the hundreds of communities across Ireland who have shown considerable support to Londis retailers over the years. We are supporting three very worthwhile causes which are close to the heart of Irish customers. The phenomenal work that the Irish Hospice Foundation, Pieta House and Temple Street Children’s Hospital undertake each and every day touches the lives of young and old in every community in so many ways. This initiative is designed by Londis retailers to thank each and every Londis customer for their support and custom, without which an independent retail industry would not thrive.”

Throughout the months of May, June and July, Londis customers will receive a token with every transaction. Customers can then use the token to vote for their chosen charity by inserting it into the relevant slot at the display unit in store. In doing so, Londis customers across Ireland will decide how the €60,000 is divided between the three charities. Sharon Foley, CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation, said that the organisation is delighted to have been chosen as one of the charity partners; “We hope that communities countrywide will support this fundraising drive in their local Londis store. Hospice care in Ireland has developed because communities have set up or supported their local service. We, in the Irish Hospice Foundation, are totally reliant on public support to carry out our work programme. Due to this goodwill, we are able to fund a ‘Nurses for Night Care’ service, a ‘Hospice Home Care for Children’ service and roll out a ‘Design & Dignity’ programme to improve facilities in our acute hospitals. The funds raised through this initiative will help us to continue this work.”

Anne Cooney, Corporate Partnerships Manager, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital also stressed the difference that the funds raised will make; “Having the support of Londis retailers and loyal customers will make a huge difference to the lives of sick children. Temple Street Children’s University Hospital cares for over 145,000 children every year. Every day I meet families from all over Ireland that have been touched by Temple Street in some way and our doctors and nurses can only provide world-class medical care with the help of the public through fund-raising. By supporting Temple Street, Londis retailers and customers will raise funds to purchase a new operating table for our theatre – this is where children’s lives are fought for and saved on a daily basis.”

Last year Pieta House helped over 4,000 people, based all over the country, ranging from children as young as six to people in their eighties, by providing crisis intervention support for people who have attempted suicide, have a strong urge to take their life or people engaging in self-harm. According to Joan Freeman, Chief Executive of Pieta House; “This ground breaking therapeutic service is totally free of charge and provides a dignified, compassionate approach to suicidal crisis intervention. The funds raised through the Londis campaign will help us to open three more centres, bringing to 12 the number of Pieta House centres throughout Ireland”.

Londis is also encouraging its network of over 200 independently owned stores to get behind the initiative and reach out into their communities to garner further support for the selected charities. Each store is being encouraged to carry out its own charity fundraiser during the campaign in a bid to raise even more money for the charities involved.

As a thank you to the loyal customers who have supported Londis over the past sixty years Londis will also be offering customers a range of special offers to celebrate the groups 60th birthday. On Thursday 15th May, Londis stores will be offering coffee and a special anniversary cupcake for 60c with the proceeds going to the charity partners.*

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