Children’s Hospice big collection at Tesco

Launching the Tesco Big Collection Weekend for Northern Ireland Children's Hospice are Store Managers Clare Ormsby (Tesco Extra Newry) Siobhan McKay (Tesco Banbridge Superstore) and Matt Lovell (Tesco Newcastle).
Launching the Tesco Big Collection Weekend for Northern Ireland Children's Hospice are Store Managers Clare Ormsby (Tesco Extra Newry) Siobhan McKay (Tesco Banbridge Superstore) and Matt Lovell (Tesco Newcastle).

Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice volunteers will be out in force collecting donations at Tesco stores in Banbridge, Newry and Newcastle from Friday 5 to Sunday December 7.

As part of the Tesco Big Collection Weekend for Children’s Hospice, the charity is encouraging everyone to make a donation as they collect across Tesco stores for one weekend only.

The Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice is hoping to raise thousands over the weekend which will make a real difference to the lives of local children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses.

Caoimhe Mannion, Marketing Manager for Tesco Northern Ireland said: “Tesco are delighted to offer Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice the opportunity to raise vital funds across their stores.

“It is such an easy way to raise much needed funds for such a worthy cause and we encourage our customers and local communities to support them as much as possible.”

The Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice is the only service of its type in Northern Ireland caring for children and young people with very complex needs who require 24 hour specialist care.

Each year, NI Children’s Hospice cares for in the region of 300 life-limited children and their families in Northern Ireland. Through this province-wide Tesco collection weekend, the charity hopes to raise thousands of pounds to help provide support and care for these local children and their families.

Lynn Cowan, Events Fundraiser for the Children’s Hospice, said: “Everyone at Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice is extremely grateful to Tesco for the opportunity to collect at their stores.

Christmas is a magical time of year, but it is also a time to remember those in need. It remains a challenge to raise the £3 million of necessary funds to maintain our services, which is why we are encouraging as many people as possible to support the Children’s Hospice by donating to our collectors at your local Tesco store.”

Receiving the diagnosis that your child is life-limited can be devastating news for families. Emotionally and practically their lives are turned upside down and as their child’s illness progresses, care is often 24/7 with little respite or support.

There are more than 1,300 children and young people living with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions in Northern Ireland and both they and their families need support.

Established in 1996, Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice is the only dedicated palliative care service in Northern Ireland and the only organisation that can offer high level support to life limited children.

To find out more please visit nihospice.org or should you wish to help collect at your local store from December 5-7, please contact the fundraising office on 028 90777123.