Today Lidl Northern Ireland announced Vineyard Compassion as one of the recipients of funding from its Community Works initiative, with the Coleraine based community group receiving a £4,000 donation. The established Community Works programme was first launched in 2014 and demonstrates Lidl’s ongoing commitment to the communities of Northern Ireland with special consideration for those in need of essential funding.
This year, Lidl received over 2,000 nominations for community groups across Northern Ireland from various backgrounds, out of which 114 were shortlisted to receive financial backing. Lidl customers were then invited to visit their local store to cast a final vote for which of the shortlisted groups in their local area they felt were the most deserving winners.
£6,000 was made available through each of Lidl’s 38 stores across Northern Ireland and has subsequently been divided between the shortlisted groups. That’s a total of £228,000 which will be invested back into the community. Vineyard Compassion was voted overall winner at the Coleraine store receiving £4,000 of the fund, and the two runners up, Bee Heard Mental Health Group and Churchlands Golden Gloves Boxing Group, will both receive £1,000 each.
Vineyard Compassion is a Coleraine based charity that was established in 2012 and offers a holistic approach to tackling poverty and its underlying causes in the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council areas. The group runs 19 projects ranging from a foodbank and debt centre through to supported work programmes. David McCracken, the development and operations manager for Vineyard Compassion was thrilled with the donation, “We are very grateful to Lidl Community Works for giving us this award to support our charity. We intend to use the prize money to support all our projects’ general running and overhead costs. We’d also like to thank everyone who took time to vote for us – it’s been a great help”.
Conor Boyle, Regional Director at Lidl Northern Ireland said, “Lidl Community Works is now in its fourth year and we are just as excited about the campaign as we were back in its first year as we have seen the real difference it makes within our communities. After receiving over 2,000 nominations this year, it has proven that there are still so many groups in need of support and we’re delighted to be able to step in and continue to help where we can and continue to demonstrate our commitment to making a difference in the communities that we operate in.”
In its four years to date, Lidl Community Works has already reached out to more than 700 community groups across the province, investing thousands of pounds in worthy causes.
To find out more about Lidl Community Works, visit www.lidl-ni.co.uk