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Emerson's supermarket launches new foundation to support local people

Published on 10 May 2016

Emerson’s Supermarket has launched a foundation which will directly benefit people living and working in the area through charitable donations.

The Emerson's Foundation will help raise funds in a number of ways - through donations via the supermarket’s Making a Difference Locally (MADL) fund, through Uluru Bar & Grill, and from the supermarket hosting charitable events.

The Emerson's Foundation was launched in conjunction with local business Uluru Bar & Grill to highlight the positive contributions both businesses make in the local community.

For over 125 years, the Emerson's family have been serving the community in the Armagh so owner Gavin Emerson felt it was time to officially set up a foundation which demonstrates work taking place in the community.

Speaking about The Emerson's Foundation, Mr Emerson said: "For a number of years we have been building a pot of money so we can help our customers, their families and the wider community.

"We have already contributed to some initiatives to the sum of around £2,000 and over the next number of years we will continue to help people.

"To assist us with this we have developed our own website - www.emersonsfoundation.org - which will showcase our news and will allow people to nominate a charitable cause and give their reasons why.

"Emerson's Supermarket continues to add value to the lives of local people and, through the foundation, our aim is to help transform communities."

Helping launch The Emerson's Foundation was Rebecca Dalzell from Action Cancer, Dean Coppard from Uluru Bar & Grill and Clodagh Crowe from Rural Support.

Rebecca Dalzell from Action Cancer, who received a cheque for £422, said:  "It's wonderful to see such a long standing family business develop new and innovative ways to support local charities and community groups. Action Cancer are delighted to have received such wonderful support from the Emerson Foundation for our Paint the Town Pink campaign. An amazing £442 was raised for our unique breast screening service."

Rural Support, a charity which helps support farming families in crisis also received a £500 donation from the Emerson's Foundation.

Alessie Magowan, a committee member said: “The Rural Support donation is an example of the work our foundation will be doing. Emerson’s Supermarket greatly values its customers and this fundraising initiative for Rural Support is one way our team shows our support for farming families.

"We hope this £500 donation will help Rural Support continue to carry out its work supporting farming families and rural dwellers who have adversely affected by economic pressures and the prolonged deflated prices within the Agri-food sector."

Run Armagh too has also benefited from donations.

Organiser Matt Nicholson said: "Run Armagh is all about promoting health and well-being in our local community and encouraging people to be active. We are delighted to have had the support of The Emerson's Foundation. Run Armagh will take place again this year, thanks again to The Emerson's Foundation for its support."

To date, Emerson’s Supermarket has donated £2,200 through Making a Difference Locally alone, supporting a wide range of local causes.

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