Chamber of Trade helps spread festive goodwill

Darren Black, President of Ballyclare Chamber of Trade, receives a donation of 300 selection boxes from staff at N. Watt & Son Filling Station and Costcutter on Ballynure Road, Ballyclare. INNT 02-500CON Pic by Jacqui Neil Photography
Darren Black, President of Ballyclare Chamber of Trade, receives a donation of 300 selection boxes from staff at N. Watt & Son Filling Station and Costcutter on Ballynure Road, Ballyclare. INNT 02-500CON Pic by Jacqui Neil Photography

Ballyclare Chamber of Trade (BCoT) helped to spread a little bit of festive joy and goodwill over the Christmas period by securing enough support to provide some much-needed seasonal cheer to many vulnerable people living in the local area.

With the recent closure of Woodsides SuperValu, a key contributor to the annual charity effort, and the sustained economic downturn, serious concerns were raised that the Chamber’s commitment might not be fulfilled in 2011.

But thanks to a very kind donation by Watts Filling Station and support from many other local businesses, BCoT were able to provide Ballyclare Lions with 300 selection boxes, most of which were given out to children in Ballyclare on the last Saturday before Christmas, with 60 going to the residents of Queens Court, Doagh Road and a large number to the Salvation Army. The Chamber were also able to supply enough goods to cater for 45 Christmas dinners for the elderly residents of three local nursing homes - Abbeyfield House, Chisholm Court and Chisholm House.

Darren Black, President of Ballyclare Chamber of Trade, commented: “I would like to remind businesses in the town that by continuing to support the Chamber of Trade they are in turn supporting local causes. However, I am very proud and pleased by the high level of donations we received when asked. I am also overwhelmed by the gratitude of the beneficiaries and I hope BCoT can, with the support of the town, continue to provide this worthwhile cause every Christmas.”

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