A Lidl bit of help for the Eco Tots

Sioban OConnor, Margaret Connolly, Mayor John Scott, Ian Orr, Natalia Hynds and Cllr David Hollis. INNT 33-505CON

Sioban OConnor, Margaret Connolly, Mayor John Scott, Ian Orr, Natalia Hynds and Cllr David Hollis. INNT 33-505CON

The Newtownabbey-based Eco Tots group has received backing from Lidl Northern Ireland as part of its Community Works campaign.

Eco Tots, based at the Valley Leisure Centre, was selected as a winner out of over 4,000 nominations and was subsequently visited by the Lidl Community Crew who joined the group for their recent family celebration fun day.

Margaret Connolly, Mayor John Scott, Ian Orr and Aoife Jackson at the Eco Tots family celebration fun day the Valley Leisure Centre. Eco Tots has secured funding from Lidl's Community Works campaign. INNT 33-507CON

Margaret Connolly, Mayor John Scott, Ian Orr and Aoife Jackson at the Eco Tots family celebration fun day the Valley Leisure Centre. Eco Tots has secured funding from Lidl's Community Works campaign. INNT 33-507CON

More than 60 people attended the event, which included a BBQ, a cookery demonstration, face painting and a reptile show.

Among those who enjoyed the event was Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Cllr John Scott.

“We are absolutely over the moon to have been selected as a Lidl Community Works winner,” said Margaret Connolly from Eco Tots. “Everyone had a great time at our celebration day and it was made all the better by Lidl Northern Ireland’s generous donation.

“We’re very excited at the new opportunities the money will enable us to avail of, such as a new greenhouse and further gardening experiences for disability groups and the elderly. We want to say a massive thank you to Lidl, their help has been immeasurable.”

Gemma and Reece Goudie with Natalia Hynds and Carolyn and Colby Clarke at the Eco Tots family celebration day at the Valley Leisure Centre. INNT 33-506CON

Gemma and Reece Goudie with Natalia Hynds and Carolyn and Colby Clarke at the Eco Tots family celebration day at the Valley Leisure Centre. INNT 33-506CON

Lidl Community Crew member Aoife Jackson said: “We were delighted to get to celebrate with Eco Tots. We hope Lidl’s donation will go a long for them and will enable them to continue all the great work they carry out for their local community.”

The Lidl Community Works campaign, which launched in June this year, sees Lidl Northern Ireland back a variety of local community groups and projects from all over the province. It has pledged support totalling £5,000 to 33 organisations.

To find out more log on to www.lidl-ni.co.uk