Tesco has helped raise over £20,000 as part of a massive fundraising drive for Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.

More than 100 fundraising volunteers from the charity went out to 27 Tesco stores across Northern Ireland – from Enniskillen to Coleraine and Bangor to Derry – raising much needed funds to support local children, young people and their families.

Thanks to the generosity of Tesco colleagues, shoppers and local Hospice supporters they raised a fantastic £20,121.15 in total.

Brendan Guidera, Stores Director for Northern Ireland said: “Around £30 pays for one hour of hospice nursing care for a life-limited child.

Tesco NI Commercial Manager Sean Largey and Cailin Hardy, NI Children's Hospice

Tesco NI Commercial Manager Sean Largey and Cailin Hardy, NI Children’s Hospice

“The £20k raised through the Tesco Collection will really make a huge difference to life- limited children and their families across Northern Ireland – equating to over 650 hours of nursing care.

“We are delighted to have been able to play our part in this fantastic collection for such a worthy local charity and have been overwhelmed by the generosity of Tesco colleagues and our customers.”

Joanna Pawson, Events Manager at Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice added: “Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice is the only children’s hospice of its kind in Northern Ireland, caring for children and young people with very complex needs.

“Each year, we provide care and support to around 300 life-limited children and their families.

“The funds raised through these collections will allow us to continue providing this vital service for families across Northern Ireland, at home or in our two hospices.

“I would like to add my sincere thanks and appreciation to Tesco Northern Ireland and its customers, whose support have made this possible.”

To find out more about Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice, go to www.nihospice.org

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