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33 COMMUNITY GROUPS WIN SUPPORT FROM LIDL COMMUNITY WORKS

Chef and campaign Ambassador Ian Orr with Paul Kane and Bernard Jackson from Over the Hill Music Group, Deirdre McAllister, Helen Ashton and Ita McNally from Community Circus Lisburn and Peter Neill and Una Neill from the Carrick Chargers Special Olympic Basketball Club.

Lidl Northern Ireland today announced the 33 winning community groups across the province that will benefit from the company’s exciting Community Works campaign, launched to find projects in need of funding and a helping hand.

The winning groups span the length and breadth of Northern Ireland including; Eco Tots, an education programme for children about growing nutritional produce in Newtownabbey; Enable NI, a support group for young people with disabilities in Armagh; RNLI, the lifeboat station saving lives at sea in Portrush; Oak Healthy Living Centre a centre for people with addiction and mental health issues in Lisnaskea.

The Lidl Community Crew will visit each of the 33 groups over the next six months helping to deliver fundraising events, presenting food demonstrations and delivering goodie bags, to help sustain the fantastic work of each project in their local area.

Conor Boyle, Regional Director at Lidl Northern Ireland was encouraged by the number of entries, “We received over 4000 nominations, a record for the campaign which is now in its third year; proving that there are still so many groups in need of support and we’re delighted to step in and continue to help where we can.”

To mark 2016 being the Northern Ireland Year of Food & Drink and to celebrate the wide range of excellent local producers Lidl works with, food will be the central focus at each of the events whether it’s a BBQ, luncheon or afternoon tea.

Chef Ambassador, Ian Orr, will be making an appearance at various events, “We’re very proud of our excellent local produce and food occasions often bring people together, so it’s only natural that we place food and communities at the heart of this campaign.”

As well as visiting the 33 winning groups, the Community Crew will also be out on the road popping up at events, local Lidl stores and visiting runner-up groups with surprise treats and goodies.

In its three years, Lidl Community Works has already reached out to more than 600 community groups across the province, investing thousands of pounds to date.

To find out more about Lidl Community Works, visit www.lidl-ni.co.uk

LIDL COMMUNITY WORKS WINNERS 2016:

Group name
Town/City

Accolade (All Communities Art Communication) Community Choir
Newry

Alzheimer’s Men’s Friendship Group
Antrim

Carrick Chargers Special Olympic Basketball Club
Carrickfergus

Community Circus Lisburn
Lisburn

Donaghcloney Cricket Club
Lurgan

Drumgor Detached YWP
Craigavon

Drumlough V.I.P club
Ballynahinch

Eat it, Grow it, ECO TOTS
Newtownabbey

Enable NI
Armagh

First Step Women’s Centre
Dungannon

Garden in a Box
Derry/Londonderry

Good Morning Ballymena
Ballymena

Helping Hands Outreach Programme
Portadown

Inverary Community Centre Martial Arts Club
Belfast

Islandmagee Community Development Association
Larne

Kinallen Rural Community Development Association
Banbridge

Mid Ulster Bee Keeping Association
Cookstown

Nathan Pierson Fundraising for Mourne Mountain Rescue Team
Newcastle

Oak Healthy Living Centre
Lisnaskea

Off The Cuff Community Theatre Group
Magherafelt

Over the Hill Music Collective
Belfast

Portrush RNLI
Portrush

Queens Parade Methodist Church Seniors Lunch Club
Bangor

Roe Valley Girls
Limavady

SIBS Fermanagh
Enniskillen

Sika Gymnastics Club
Coleraine

South Tyrone Ulster Farmers Union
Dungannon

St. James Farm
Belfast

Strathroy Community Association
Omagh

The Link Family & Community Centre
Newtownards

The Open Door
Ballymoney

The Sollus Centre Highland Dancers
Strabane

Tools for Solidarity
Downpatrick

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