Family Caring Centre ‘hits the road’ thanks to the Asda Foundation
L-R: Asda Antrim Community Champion, Barbara Logan, is joined by Alison O'Neill, Centre Manager, and Joe Maguire, Volunteer Driver, from the Family Caring Centre - alongside Asda colleagues, George Rankin, Senior Director for Asda NI; Robert Ryans, Asda Antrim General Store Manager, and Joe McDonald, Corporate Affairs Manager for Asda NI. Some of the young service users from the Family Caring Centre were also at the launch of the minibus - Eric, Faoiltiarna, Eimear, Emma and Reeva.
Asda Antrim Community Champion, Barbara Logan, is joined by Mairead Duffy from the Family Caring Centre - and some of its young service users, Eimear and Faoiltiarna - as well as Alison O'Neill and Joe Maguire. Asda colleagues, George Rankin, Senior Director for Asda NI; Robert Ryans, Asda Antrim General Store Manager, and Joe McDonald, Corporate Affairs Manager for Asda NI, are also pictured at the launch of the new minibus.
Following a donation from the Asda Foundation of £28,820, Rathenraw-based charity Family Caring Centre has taken delivery of its new state-of-the art minibus.
Aimed at supporting work within the local community, the upgraded vehicle will allow the charity to continue to help those whose lives are affected by illness, disadvantage and poverty with practical support ranging from transport for service users to the centre, and group outings, to assisting other local charities and community groups – with over 250 families already benefitting from its assistance.
Family Caring Centre Manager, Alison O’Neill, said:
“We can’t thank Asda Antrim Community Champion, Barbara Logan, and Asda Antrim General Store Manager, Robert Ryans, enough for their dedication in securing funding for our new minibus.
“The Family Caring Centre staff, management committee and its service users are over the moon with the vehicle – and I am confident the huge generosity of the Asda Foundation will transform the lives of local people through a much-needed transport facility.”
Working with a wide range of age groups in the local area, services offered by the Family Caring Centre include a daily crèche facility, an adult mental health support service, a befriending telephone scheme through Good Morning Antrim, and educational services including computer literacy courses.
Barbara Logan, Asda Antrim Community Champion, added:
“I was delighted to be able to hand over the keys to Family Caring Centre for its new, upgraded vehicle. After witnessing first-hand the impact which the organisation has within the local community, I know the minibus will be the next step in reaching more people who need help and support in the Antrim area.
“Being out and about is an important part of my role – so I look forward to spotting the minibus when it hits the road in the next couple of weeks!”