EUROSPAR and VIVOXTRA Northern Ireland are celebrating reaching an amazing £750,000 fundraising milestone for local children’s cancer charity, Cancer Fund for Children.

The local community supermarkets have been supporting the charity since May 2011, with staff and customers raising the funds through a wide range of fundraising events, from in-store collections and coffee mornings to overseas treks and local challenge events.

Money raised will enable the charity’s team of Specialists to support families affected by cancer, providing them with a range of practical, emotional and financial support to help them cope with the impact it has on their lives.

Funds raised will also go towards providing children, young people and their families with free therapeutic short breaks at the charity’s short break centre, Daisy Lodge in Newcastle, Co.Down. Here families can benefit from a range of therapeutic services and spend quality time together away from the stresses of hospital visits and cancer treatment.

Bronagh Luke, Head of Corporate Marketing, Henderson Group, owners of the EUROSPAR and ViVOXTRA franchises in Northern Ireland, commented on the fantastic milestone achievement:

“We’re so proud to support such a fantastic local charity, and are delighted to have reached such a significant fundraising milestone. What’s even more rewarding is knowing that thanks to the generosity of our retailers, staff and shoppers we are making a real difference to local children and young people living with cancer.

“We are committed to supporting local communities across Northern Ireland, and will continue to support the valuable work of Cancer Fund for Children. Over 25 Henderson Group staff and retailers will trek the Grand Canyon for the charity in 2018. We’re very much looking forward to our next challenge, and raising even more money in the future to support families affected by cancer.”

Gillian Creevy, Chief Executive, Cancer Fund for Children added:

“I would like to thank EUROSPAR and VIVOXTRA stores in Northern Ireland for their incredible generosity.

“At Cancer Fund for Children we understand the devastating impact a cancer diagnosis can have on children, young people and families and we rely so much on the support of local communities and businesses to ensure that beyond essential clinical care, family life can be supported and rebuilt.

“We simply could not help families if it wasn’t for the energy, enthusiasm and creativity of charity partners like EUROSPAR and VIVOXTRA and their wonderful customers. We cannot thank you enough for your support which allows us to do what we do best – to be there for families and to ensure that they don’t have to face cancer alone.”