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Creighton Group raises £300,000 for Cancer Fund for Children

From left, Phil Alexander, CEO, Cancer Fund for Children, and Gail Boyd, director, Creighton Group, and back row, Creighton Group staff Elaine Williams, Briege McDermott, Andrew Porter, Jennifer Clarke and Sarah Moulds.

Family retail business the Creighton Group has reached a fundraising milestone of £300,000 for local charity Cancer Fund for Children.

The Creighton Group, which includes EUROSPAR Balmoral, EUROSPAR Finaghy, SPAR Black’s Road and CREIGHTONS Garage & Autostore, has raised the sum over a nine-year charity partnership during which EUROSPAR and VIVOXTRA stores across Northern Ireland have raised over £1m 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 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, raising 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 in 2012 her five-year-old grandson tragically died of Neuroblastoma.

“We are very proud of our partnership with Cancer Fund for Children,” said Boyd. “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, said: “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.”

Phil Alexander, CEO, Cancer Fund for Children, said: “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.

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