Firefighters quick to support good cause

Maria O'Prey, Tesco Newtownabbey Community Champion, trolley dash participants Chris Turley from Glengormley Fire Station and Noel McKee from Whitla Street Fire Station with Tesco staff, firefighters from Glengormley Fire Station and pupils from St MacNissi's Primary School who helped with the Foodbank collection at Tesco, Abbey Retail Park. INNT 49-516-SO
Maria O'Prey, Tesco Newtownabbey Community Champion, trolley dash participants Chris Turley from Glengormley Fire Station and Noel McKee from Whitla Street Fire Station with Tesco staff, firefighters from Glengormley Fire Station and pupils from St MacNissi's Primary School who helped with the Foodbank collection at Tesco, Abbey Retail Park. INNT 49-516-SO

The Tesco stores at Northcott and Abbey Retail Park held special collections last week as part of the FareShare initiative in aid of the Newtownabbey Foodbank.

At Tesco Newtownabbey on December 3, firefighters from Glengormley and Whitla Street stations completed a trolley dash in just two-and-a-half minutes, collecting dozens of items for donation to the FareShare foodbank appeal.

Carolyn Arnold, Gillian McDade, Mina McKinney and Mayor Thomas Hogg at the Foodbank collection at Tesco Northcott. INNT 50-533CON

Carolyn Arnold, Gillian McDade, Mina McKinney and Mayor Thomas Hogg at the Foodbank collection at Tesco Northcott. INNT 50-533CON

Children from St MacNissi’s Primary School also helped out with the in-store collection.

On Saturday, December 5, Mayor Thomas Hogg called into Tesco Northcott to help with the pre-Christmas food collection. He spent some time talking to customers to thank them for their generosity in helping the Trussell Trust-backed Newtownabbey Foodbank to ensure that those in need in the local community have a happy Christmas.

Mina McKinney, Project Manager said: “Last year Newtownabbey Foodbank distributed 320 Christmas food hampers to families in Newtownabbey who were struggling to put food on the table. We hope to be able to do this again with the support of the generous people of Newtownabbey to whom we are extremely grateful.”