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Meet the Co. Armagh woman helping to raise £1 million for Cancer Fund for Children

Lynn helps EUROSPAR and VIVOXTRA raise £1m for children’s cancer charity

Eurospar stores across Northern Ireland are on a quest to raise £1M for charity partner, Cancer Fund for Children and one Co. Armagh retailer is helping them edge even closer to target.

Lynn Smiley, part of the team at Portadown, has been a dedicated fundraiser for Cancer Fund for Children since 2011, organising a host of fundraising activities in store.

Lynn and her team quite literally go the extra mile for the charity, participating in treks of Slieve Donard and The Bog Run year on year.

Lynn is a brilliant ambassador for the charity and has gone to huge efforts to encourage customers from all around the county Armagh area to give what they can to help families and children living with cancer.

The whole team at the EUROSPAR P&G Portadown get involved in all fundraising activity and Lynn’s enthusiasm has encouraged other staff members to become involved with the charity.

Together they hosted a coffee morning for staff and customers back in March which helped raise over £1,250 for the cause on that morning alone.

Lynn said: “We have a whole team here who have gone so many extra miles for Cancer Fund for Children that we’ve practically made our own trek! From the Hug in a Mug campaign back in 2012, and hiking Slieve Donard this year, we love taking our fundraising to new heights.

“So, bring it on. This is an amazing total to have in our sights and I’m so proud that we’re a part of it.”

Henderson Group – owners of the EUROSPAR and VIVOXTRA brands in Northern Ireland, is encouraging staff and customers to support their local Million Pound Maker and help surpass the million-pound target.

Cancer Fund for Children has been the official charity partner of EUROSPAR and VIVOXTRA stores in Northern Ireland since 2011. Bronagh Luke, Head of Corporate Marketing at Henderson Group said: “In the past seven years, EUROSPAR and VIVOXTRA staff and shoppers have raised over £900,000 for Cancer Fund for Children, so now we are giving our partnership a big boost to try and ‘Make it to One Million’ before the end of the year.

“Our six Million Pound Makers have blown us away with their genuine passion and belief in this charity and have all seen first-hand how the money raised in their stores can give a real boost to those in need.

“We couldn’t have better ambassadors to help us reach our target and I’d like to thank Lynn and her team for selflessly giving so much time and effort to this important cause.”

Gillian Creevy, Chief Executive of Cancer Fund for Children added: “Henderson Group and their EUROSPAR and VIVOXTRA stores are the first charity partners that have reached anywhere near this amount through their community fundraising.

“We’re pleased to help them drive this campaign forward so that we can continue to provide essential practical, financial and emotional support to children when they need it most, as well as offering free therapeutic short breaks for them and their families.”

Shoppers in County Armagh can get involved in the final push to make it to one million either in their local EUROSPAR or VIVOXTRA store or visiting the Make it to £1M web page where they can meet their regional Million Pound Makers.

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