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Granville Food Care Boosts McDonald’s Charity Fundraiser at Rushmere

Pictured celebrating the announcement is (L-R) Michelle Hazard, McDonald’s Restaurant Manager, Martin Walsh, Rushmere Shopping Centre Manager, Kirsty Irwin, Head of Quality & Technical at Granville Food Care Ltd, Michael McKernan, Senior Operations Manager at Granville Food Care Ltd and Gareth Moore, McDonald’s Operations Supervisor.

The team behind leading Northern Ireland refrigeration experts Granville Food Care have helped local staff at McDonald’s in Rushmere raise more than £2,000 to support families with seriously ill children.

Led by McDonald’s restaurant manager Michelle Hazard, the local team of three took on Northern Ireland’s largest mountain – Slieve Donard – and climbed its 2,800 ft peak to reach the top by sunrise, raising £1,045 between them for its Ronald McDonald House Charities. Granville Food Care, which works closely with McDonald’s doubled the money raised.

Ronald McDonald House provides cost free ‘home away from home’ support to thousands of families with long-term or seriously ill children in hospital across the UK and Ireland.

Welcoming the contribution from Granville Food Care, Michelle Hazard said:

“Ronald McDonald House provides an invaluable service to families in need right across the UK and Ireland and our local team at Rushmere is always ready to help where we can.

“Our challenge this year to reach Slieve Donard before the sun came up was a big one, but I’m delighted to say we all returned in one piece with more than £1,000 raised between the three of us.

“With thanks to the generous staff at Granville Food Care, we’re really grateful to have doubled that the figure, which means that many more people will get the help they need when they need it, particularly after such a difficult year.”

Every year, hundreds of McDonald’s employees take part in challenges by walking, running, cycling or swimming for the charity which provides a supportive “home away from home” for families and their children who are receiving medical treatment at hospital. They provide guest families with all the comforts of home — plus a local support network — so they can focus on their child’s healing.

Kirsty Irwin, Head of Quality & Technical at Granville Food Care Ltd said:

“McDonald’s plays a big role in helping families get the support they need and we are delighted to play our part in getting behind the team at Rushmere with a donation which we hope we will make a real difference. Well done to everyone involved.”

Based in Dungannon, Granville Food Care is one of the leading cold storage providers to the food industry in Northern Ireland, utilising innovative refrigeration solutions to ensure food quality and safety.

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Stay Ahead of the Game with Council’s Coach and Club Development Programme

Pictured at the launch of council’s 2021-22 Coach Education and Club Development Programme, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Alderman Glenn Barr and Chair of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Sports Forum, Edith Jamison.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is offering local sports clubs and coaches a range of specialised training opportunities as part of its just launched 2021-22 Coach Education and Club Development Programme.

Delivered in partnership with Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon (ABC) Sports Forum, the Programme will include a mixture of online and in-person workshops, covering topics such as safeguarding children and young people, designated officer, emergency first aid and mental health in sport.

Speaking at the launch, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Alderman Glenn Barr said: 

“I am pleased to officially launch our 2021-22 Coach Education and Club Development Programme. As a council, we recognise and value the important role local clubs and coaches play in guiding and inspiring lifelong participation and success in sport.

“Through this year’s Programme – which offers both online and face-to-face training opportunities – we are committed to supporting the development of clubs, coaches and volunteers at all levels to ensure the borough’s sporting community continue to excel.”

With workshops taking place from September 2021 to March 2022, the Programme also offers training opportunities around club development planning, income generation, attracting and retaining club members as well as provides participants with the chance to attend practical-based workshops such as creating great sports environments for children, and disability inclusion training.

Chair of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Sports Forum Edith Jamison said:

“With such a wide range of workshops on offer there is something relevant and innovative for our clubs, coaches and volunteers at all levels to support their ongoing development. I would encourage all clubs, coaches and volunteers throughout the Borough to get involved and benefit from the great programme on offer.”

Varying per workshop, costs are heavily subsidised and are payable upon registration.

Affiliated members of ABC Sports Forum can avail of these workshops free of charge and will receive separate booking instructions and voucher codes. To find out more about the content of each workshop or to book your place, visit here or download a copy of the brochure here.

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All Stars Summer Scheme Brings Brighter Days for Local Children

An amazing 37 local young people delight in new found skills, confidence and friendships, thanks to Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s popular, fun-filled All Stars Summer Scheme.

Based at Gilford Recreation Centre, the All Stars Summer Scheme brings young people with disabilities aged between seven and 17 together to enjoy a range of inclusive activities during a series of weeklong sessions in July and August.

Taking part in everything from nature walks, climbing wall activities, outdoor games, inclusive bike sessions to dance classes, boccia, kurling, arts and crafts and more, participants got the chance to build new skills, increase their confidence and activity levels as well as forge new, life-long friendships.

Joining in on the fun and visiting the All Stars Summer Scheme sessions, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Alderman Glenn Barr said:

“It’s been an absolute joy to meet this year’s All Stars Summer Scheme participants and hear all about the fun things they’ve been getting up to.

“For many disabled young people, the pandemic has had a huge impact on their everyday lives and normal social routines – negatively affecting their growth and development of important life skills. All Stars Summer Scheme is so critically important to these young people and their families as it not only helps provide opportunities to stimulate participants’ social and emotional development but also helps boost their confidence and independence.”

David Alderdice, Community Access Officer, Children with Disabilities Service from the Southern Health and Social Care Trust said:

“The All Stars Summer Scheme has once again proven to be a fantastic opportunity for children and young people with a disability. A considerable amount of planning goes into ensuring the smooth running of the Scheme, by both council and trust, with council staff demonstrating diligence and enthusiasm throughout.”

Led by qualified instructors and coaches, all activities were adapted and tailored to maximise involvement of all participants, provide fun and excitement as well as exposure to new opportunities. With one parent saying the programme has improved their “daughters’ confidence and enabled them to try new activities” while another parent said the programme has supported their child “to socialise with other children again, helping them gain the independence to have fun away from family.”

David Alderdice continued:

“Together this collaborative approach has enabled children who avail of the scheme to achieve improved self-esteem; the development of friendships and social skills; the opportunity to try new activities; and of course have ‘fun’. This is a great example of two public bodies coming together and collaborating to deliver a quality service that addresses the needs of some of the most excluded children within society.”

Organised and delivered by ABC Council’s Sports Development Department, All Stars is supported by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.

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