Five organisations each receive £1k from Centra Choices Fund

Five organisations each receive £1k from Centra Choices Fund
Pictured (from L-R) are Damien McGleenan, co-owner Centra Keady; Jennifer Morton, Centra Brand Manager; Adrian Cassidy, Keady First Responders volunteer and Martina Conway, Keady First Responders volunteer

Leading convenience brand Centra has awarded five community-focused organisations £1,000 each to help them continue their meaningful and life-changing work across Northern Ireland.

The £5,000 Centra Choices Community Fund was launched as part of the Centra Choices campaign, celebrating the choices that define us. The campaign focused on four behaviours that promote happiness in ourselves and others – Positivity, Kindness, Respect and Attitude.

Applicants for the grants had to demonstrate how their group benefits the wider community and how it aligns with one of the four behaviours celebrated in the campaign.

With five individual pots of £1,000 available, Keady First Responders, The Hygiene Bank Moira, Hands that Talk Dungiven, St Matthew’s GAC Drumsurn and Craigavon Lakers Wheelchair Basketball were selected from more than 150 applicants from across Northern Ireland.

Desi Derby, Marketing Director at Centra said: “At Centra, we choose community. We launched this fund to give back to the neighbourhoods in which we operate and show support at a grassroots level.

“The standard of applicants was incredible, and it was so difficult to narrow it down to just five organisations. It warmed my heart to see how much people care about their communities and all applicants were truly inspirational.

“We are delighted to support the winning recipients and hope the well-earned funds will help them all to continue their important and life-changing work. From funding life-saving equipment to ending hygiene poverty, these groups all do amazing work and I hope this encourages the local communities to continue to support them too.”