€14,000 raised for charity by Galway Lidl shoppers

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Lidl Gort customer, Joanne Brannigan of Shaneaglish managed to grab €246 worth of goodies making for a Merry Lidl Christmas with Lidl Gort store manager Mariusz . Photo: Xposure

Over €13,990 has been raised in Galway through Lidl’s annual Trolley Dash fundraiser for JIGSAW, the national centre for youth mental health.

The festive fundraiser raised over €280,000 across Ireland in support of the charity, receiving fantastic support from generous customers across Lidl’s stores.

Trolley Dash tickets were sold in Lidl stores nationwide in November for just €1, offering customers the chance to win a supermarket sweep style dash around their local nearest Lidl store.

The winning customers took to the aisles over the past week to scoop their Christmas shopping as part of the festive fundraiser and bagged over 170 trolley loads of groceries just in time for Christmas.

Over the past seven years, Trolley Dash fundraisers have raised over €2million for the supermarkets charity partners and given away trolley loads of Christmas groceries to the lucky winners.

Speaking about the success of this year’s Trolley Dash, Lidl Ireland Head of CSR, Owen Keogh said that it’s an incredible milestone to have raised over €280,000 in this year’s Trolley Dash, and that it’s a fun and festive way to mobilise efforts in support of a super charity.

“With restrictions over the past two years, looking after local community’s big and small is more important than ever, he said.

“The whole team at Lidl Ireland are heartened by the generosity and that so many customers wanted to contribute to a cause that has a real impact for those looking for support in times of need.”

After receiving the charity donation, Jigsaw CEO Joseph Duffy said: “We continue to see a significant increase in the demand for our services and supports across Ireland and it is so important that young people, their families, teachers and communities know that we are here to support them.

“Thank you so much to Lidl Ireland for this incredible donation from Trolley Dash, made possible by your generous customers – Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket and contributed in raising these vital funds, which will enable us to be there to support young people, when and where they need us.”

Trolley Dash is one of many initiatives by Lidl Ireland to fundraise for Jigsaw – the National Centre for Youth Mental Health and engage customers and local communities with various activities.

A special Lidl Elf Factory pop up event was also held in Oranmore, Ballyvolane in Cork and Tallaght where children were invited to stuff and name their own elf toy, create a special Christmas decoration and write and post their letter to Santa.