The CREIGHTON GROUP Hit £300K for Cancer Fund for Children
The CREIGHTON GROUP (a long-established family business in South Belfast) has marked reaching the magnificent milestone of £300k for local children’s charity, Cancer Fund for Children.
The CREIGHTON GROUP which includes EUROSPAR Balmoral, EUROSPAR Finaghy, SPAR Black’s Road and CREIGHTONS Garage & Autostore raised the significant sum over the course of a nine year charity partnership which saw EUROSPAR and VIVOXTRA stores across Northern Ireland come together to raise over £1 million to support children and young people impacted by cancer.
Since 2011 CREIGHTON GROUP management and staff members have completed treks, marathons, ziplines and abseils, created recipe books, held in-store events and fun days, and hosted the hugely popular annual EUROSPAR Community Coffee Mornings. Determined not to let Covid-19 become a barrier to fundraising the stores continued to hold instore collections throughout lockdown which have raised over £5,000.
Gail Boyd, Director of CREIGHTON GROUP, has been the driving force behind her groups fundraising over the years, having been motivated by her own experience of childhood cancer when sadly in 2012 her five-year-old grandson died tragically of Neuroblastoma. Speaking of the Groups fundraising achievement to date Gail said,
“We are very proud of our partnership with Cancer Fund for Children. Knowing that our support has helped make a huge difference in the lives of hundreds of children and families living with cancer across Northern Ireland really spurred us on to go the extra mile. We are a community business and our company has served our community in so many ways since 1936! I would personally like to thank all our friends and our amazing staff and customers for coming together to help support vulnerable children and families.”
Bronagh Luke, Head of Corporate Marketing at Henderson Group which owns the EUROSPAR brand in Northern Ireland added; “The CREIGHTON GROUP has always been one of the top fundraisers involved in the partnership with Cancer Fund for Children, and we are constantly in awe of their innovative events and fundraising activities. While running fantastic businesses, Gail and the team put all their energy into their charitable efforts and we’re incredibly proud to have them as an integral part of our partnership.”
Cancer Fund for Children’s CEO Phil Alexander added “I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the CREIGHTON GROUP, their staff and customers for their passion and commitment to Cancer Fund for Children. Not only has the group raised an incredible sum over the last nine years, but they have also helped raise vital awareness of the impact of childhood cancer and the support we offer families. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on our fundraising and having the backing of organisations like the CREIGHTON GROUP is sincerely appreciated at this difficult time. Cancer won’t stop during the coronavirus pandemic and with partners like the CREIGHTON GROUP by our side, neither will we.”
Cancer Fund for children provides practical and emotional support, as well as therapeutic short breaks to children diagnosed with cancer or living with a parent with cancer. Find out more about the charity and their services at cancerfundforchildren.com.