Tesco NI recently made a generous donation to the Men’s Hostel at Utility Street, Belfast, gifting them with hampers full to the brim of delicious Northern Irish produce.

The donation is part of an ongoing drive from Tesco NI, to support local charities with local food and drink donations.

The hostel is one of Belfast’s oldest and largest men’s hostel. It recently underwent a £950,000 facelift that has helped transform living conditions for the residents. The refurbishment programme was the first major re-fit since the building opened more than 30 years ago.

Amongst the improvements that were undertaken was a new lift and new heating system, refurbished bedrooms, new bathrooms, a new kitchen and a new foyer and reception area.

The hostel – which was initially established in the 1890’s – caters for 60 residents, employs a team of nine full time support workers, a full time assistant manager, three full time catering staff and two cleaners.

Hostel Manager, Edmund McCullough, was grateful to accept the Tesco NI hamper on behalf of the hostel’s 60 residents, from Tesco NI Metro Store Manager, Jim Gough.

Hostel Manager, Edmund McCullough, was grateful to accept the Tesco NI hamper on behalf of the hostel’s 60 residents, from Tesco NI Metro Store Manager, Jim Gough.

Hostel Manager Edmund McCullough said: “We are grateful from the ongoing support we receive from the likes of Tesco NI, helping us provide the highest level of care and comfort for our residents. The men take pride in their hostel and we aim to make sure they are happy and contented while they reside here.

“The Tesco NI hamper is a simple example of the support to those vulnerable people who need and deserve our help.”

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