Banbridge-based business serves up St Vincent de Paul cash boost

Robert Gordon, owner of the Gordon's Chemist chain, joins Aidan Crawford, President of St Vincent de Paul in Northern Ireland, who is presented with a donation of almost �2,000 by Fiona Gordon of Gordon's chemist, with local St Vincent de Paul volunteer, Paddy Donnelly, looking on. INBL Gord-1
Robert Gordon, owner of the Gordon's Chemist chain, joins Aidan Crawford, President of St Vincent de Paul in Northern Ireland, who is presented with a donation of almost �2,000 by Fiona Gordon of Gordon's chemist, with local St Vincent de Paul volunteer, Paddy Donnelly, looking on. INBL Gord-1

A Banbridge-based business recently served up a cash boost to the tune of almost £2,000, to the Society of St Vincent de Paul.

More than half the money was a direct donation by Gordons Chemist.

The rest was provided by customers by way of collection boxes in the local pharmacy chain’s various stores across Northern Ireland.

The money was recently handed over at Gordons Chemist head office in Banbridge, to the delight of SVP.

The charity’s Northern Ireland President, Aidan Crawford, said: “We are so grateful to Gordons Chemist.

“They have been extremely supportive of St Vincent de Paul on many occasions, such as kindly allowing their stores across Northern Ireland to be used as drop-off points for our Christmas Family Appeal.

“This is another way the chain has shown support to our charity.

“We would also like to thank the customers of the various Gordons Chemist stores who very generously donated their spare change.

“As you can see it certainly adds up.

“These much-needed funds will go straight back into the community, helping to ease poverty and supporting those in need.”

Mr Crawford said SVP volunteers worked with people from all backgrounds and provided practical support for those in need of heating, food, electricity, school costs, clothing, furniture and other essentials.

They also offered friendship, he said, and “a kind, listening ear” to those who needed it.

“SVP in Northern Ireland is completely volunteer-led,” he said, “and relies entirely on donations to be able to deliver our services across the province, so the importance of donations such as this one cannot be underestimated.

“I can assure our supporters that the money will be put to very good use and we are extremely grateful.”

To find out more about the work of St Vincent de Paul or if you are in need of assistance, please call 028 9035 1561.