Staff at Limerick store go the extra mile for charity

Donal O'Regan

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Centra staff at Limerick store go extra mile for charity

No masking the size of the cheque: Joe Greensmith, Fiona Cusack, Brenda Ryan, all of Ryan's Centra, with Allannah Ryan and Aine Kennedy, of LauraLynn

ALL staff working in convenience grocery stores and supermarkets have been on the frontline since Covid-19 hit.

Despite facing much stranger working conditions, staff in Ryan’s Centra in Raheen still went one step further. They climbed Keeper Hill back in September – when they were allowed to do so – for charity.

Joe Greensmith, staff member, said they wanted to do something as a team and think outside the box.

“Fiona Cusack from the management team came up with the idea of organising a staff hike of Keeper hill. We wanted to support Laura Lynn charity as their funding has taking such a hit during Covid-19. They are a very well deserving charity,” said Joe.

Fifteen staff laced up their trainers and hiking boots. They raised funds in-store combined with donations from family and friends the amount came to €1,000.

“Tom and Brenda Ryan were brilliant as they matched what we raised meaning we could hand over €2,000 to LauraLynn Children’s Hospice,” said Joe.

LauraLynn's mission is to provide a community of care that delivers evidence-based, personalised services to children with palliative care needs, complex care needs and complex disabilities, while also providing family support services and a home to residents where quality-of-life is paramount.

Joe said there was no personal reason for picking that charity.

“I just heard on the radio a lady talking about how tough it was during the pandemic when the supports that Lauralynn were providing were withdrawn.

“When I contacted them they were just finding it very tough to raise funds during this difficult time,” he explained. 

Joe thanked all who donated to their fundraiser.