A big well done to the colleagues at our Dundonald store who've completed a series of fundraising challenges to raise a total of £6,300 for Macmillian Cancer Support.
The fundraising drive began with a 24-hour sit-out at the store, which raised £1,660, and finished-up with store manager Simon Walsh taking part in an iron man challenge in Lanzarote, raising £555 in sponsorship.
Colleagues' efforts have been topped-up by a grant of £1,525 from the Asda Foundation – and the money will go towards the rebuild of the chemotherapy unit at the Ulster Hospital.
The store's community champion Sharon McBratney, Simon and some of their colleagues presented the cheque to Joanne Young from Macmillan Cancer Support.
Sharon said: "Macmillan Cancer Support provides crucial care and support to people from across Northern Ireland at the time they need it most.
“I feel privileged to have played a part, alongside my Asda Dundonald colleagues, in fundraising for the charity through the many different activities we have held over the past months. Thanks also to the Asda Foundation for generously topping up the amount raised by colleagues.
“We look forward to seeing the new unit when it is completed – and we are confident the team will use the donation to help many patients in the local community.”
Joanne said: "We would like to say a massive thank you to colleagues at Asda Dundonald for all of their amazing fundraising efforts and for donating £6,300, which will make a real difference to the lives of local people affected by cancer.
“With the rebuild of the unit at the Ulster Hospital underway, the money will help us to provide a more suitable environment for patients, and their families, who are undergoing very difficult treatments.
“We rely solely on voluntary donations to continue to provide these services, so the Asda donation made a real difference in progressing the new chemotherapy unit project."