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EUROSPAR and ViVOXTRA Community Coffee Morning marks beginning of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

A host of retail teams from across Northern Ireland are helping kick off Childhood Cancer Awareness Month with Cancer Fund for Children at the EUROSPAR and ViVOXTRA Community Coffee Morning next month.

The annual event, which is proudly supported by Barista Bar Coffee and Kingsmill, will see over 90 community supermarkets across the weekend of the 8th – 10th September hold a coffee morning in aid of their charity partner, Cancer Fund for Children.

While we fundraise all year round, a special focus is placed on Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This year we aim to grow awareness of childhood cancer, grow connections, collaborations and partnerships, and to grow  our support services for hundreds of children and families living with cancer across Northern Ireland. Families such as Niamh Clarke from Castlewellan who says she’ll never forget how Cancer Fund for Children is helping her young family.

I will never forget the day I was told I had cancer. I’m a single parent of three children and my first thought was – ‘am I going to die, and who will look after my children? I am all they have’. Cancer Fund for Children helped me in so many ways, from calling to my house for a chat, giving me lots of helpful information, and to helping me talk to my children about cancer, while being so kind to them.

We were invited to Daisy Lodge at Easter and it was a weekend I will never forget. I felt a sense of calm come over me. We played games, we laughed and we ate amazing food. We met other families and shared stories and I am still friends with them. It is so important that people raise money to support places like Daisy Lodge and the Community Coffee Morning is a great way to do this. We will never ever forget what Cancer Fund for Children has done and are still doing to help us as a family.”

Niamh Clarke

Shoppers can visit any EUROSPAR or ViVOXTRA store throughout the weekend, including flagship stores, Creighton’s EUROSPAR Markethill, Swift’s EUROSPAR Lisnaskea, Smyth’s EUROSPAR Ballymoney, Mulgrew’s EUROSOPAR Carryduff, Lynch’s EUROSPAR Skeoge, Kelly’s VIVOXTRA Castledawson and Mulkerns EUROSPAR Newry, who are all hosting fundraising events on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th September,

“We are so proud to have raised over £1.6 million for Cancer Fund for Children since our partnership began 12 years ago, and it is an honour to host the kick off events for September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month through our Coffee Morning.

“We have over 90 engaged EUROSPAR and ViVOXTRA supermarkets in Northern Ireland whose teams have dedicated their time and energy into initiatives like the Community Coffee Morning, and made them a success for our charity partners and the many families they help throughout the year.

Bronagh Luke, Head of Corporate Marketing at Henderson Group, which owns EUROSPAR and ViVOXTRA in Northern Ireland

All the details on how stores are getting involved and how to donate are available  here.