Over the past number of months thousands of people throughout Northern Ireland have reaped the benefits from the worthwhile community initiative.
Shoppers were invited to nominate local community groups that were deserving of an extra helping hand from the Lidl Community Crew. After receiving over 2,000 nominations 32 “Big Projects” were selected by Lidl’s panel of judges, which included international rugby star Rory Best and Celebrity Chef Ian Orr.
Since then the 10-person-strong Lidl Community Crew have shared 337 hours with community groups, met over 30,000 people across six counties, delivered nearly 12,500 goody bags and distributed £250,000 worth of donations to dozens of local community groups.
Paul Gibson, Sales Operations Executive at Lidl Northern Ireland, said: “It was important for us as a business to engage with the local communities and this campaign allowed us to do that. We witnessed the incredible work that these groups do and we were able to help them on their way too. So thanks to everyone who helped make it the success that it was.”
The projects that received support from Lidl ranged from the One Eighty Restaurant in Portadown, which provides an award-winning training programme for young people with learning disabilities; to Hands That Talk in Dungiven, a cross-community, voluntary organisation that seeks to engender pride in the Deaf Community.
Siobhan O’Connor from the Lidl Community Crew said “We have loved the chance to meet the people behind these wonderful organisations that are so valued in their communities. As well as delivering cheques to some groups, we spent time at the Harold McCauley Nursing Home helping pack emergency toiletry bags for the local A&E department and assisted chef Ian Orr with a cooking demonstration at Crumlin Senior Citizens, among many other exciting projects.”
For more information on the Lidl Community Works Campaign and to keep up to date with Lidl news, visit www.lidl-ni.co.uk.