January 27 In the Press

The Emerson's Foundation, through the NISA MADL Fund, hands over a cheque for £1,000 to the Air Ambulance for Northern Ireland Fund.

Emerson’s Foundation hands over £1,000 donation for Air Ambulance NI

THE Emerson’s Foundation has handed over a donation of £1,000 for the Air Ambulance Northern  Ireland (AANI) to Judith McCarragher,  the sister of the late Lesley-Ann.

The foundation, which was set up as a collaboration between Emerson’s Supermarket, Uluru Bar & Grill and The Wine Store to help transform local communities, stepped in to help the fund in memory of teenager Lesley-Ann who died last year after being struck by a car.

The foundation, which has released its latest round of funding, through the NISA MADL Fund, reacted to the heartbreak being felt by the McCarragher family and the wider community after Lesley-Ann’s death.

Alessie Magowan, a foundation committee member, said: “The Emerson’s Foundation was set up for the simple purpose of helping people in our community in the best way we can. Staff from Emerson’s Supermarket, Uluru Bar & Grill and The Wine Store, put their heads together to come up with a way in which we could do this.

“Over the years, collectively we have been putting money into a charitable fund and we will be donating money to charitable causes in the hope that we can help transform our communities.

“When we read about the loss of Lesley-Ann, and the subsequent fundraising efforts  of the McCarragher family, we wanted to make some sort of gesture to show them that our community was thinking about them.

“This donation of £1,000, from our NISA MADL Fund, to the Air Ambulance NI fund will hopefully go some way in helping the McCarragher family with their fundraising targets.”

Since The Emerson’s Foundation was launched last year, £3,150 has been donated to the Air Ambulance of Northern Ireland, Action Cancer, Run Armagh, Rural Support, the Caledon Village Pensioner’s Christmas Dinner and money has been pledged to the Caledon Village Defibrillator Fund.

Alessie added: “We have just made an appeal to the community to play a role by nominating charities which they would like to see benefit from our fund. As well as making donations we host fundraising activities in Uluru Bar & Grill, we allocate space so people can do bag packs in the supermarket and we allow people to do collections at the supermarket entrance and much more. The Emerson’s Foundation exists to help people and transform our communities in a positive way so if we welcome suggestions from the public.

“We wish the McCarragher family the best and we were delighted to also give Judith a photograph, donated courtesy of the Ulster Gazette, printed on a large canvas courtesy of our in-store Photo Lab.”

If you wish to put forward nominations, simply email the committee through their contact form which you will find here – http://emersonsfoundation.org/contact/

ENDS:

Notes To Editor:

  • Emerson’s is a family run supermarket which has been serving the local community for over 125 years. The supermarket employs 110 people and is committed to creating a sustainable future on the high street in Armagh city centre. Emerson’s houses a local family supermarket, the city’s Post Office and a Michelin Recommended restaurant, Uluru Bar & Grill. It won the Most Sustainable Independent Retailer 2015 and 2016 at the Retail Industry Awards
  • For further information contact Eleanor McGillie of MGMPR Ltd on 028 3756 9569 | 07709805379 | mgmpr.co.uk | Retail PR | Public Relations Northern Ireland | Public Relations UK | Brand Journalism Northern Ireland | Brand Journalism UK | Brand Journalism Experts
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