Cahercalla Hospice receives €500 from Aldi Ennis staff

Cahercalla Hospice receives €500 from Aldi Ennis staff


Patrick Coffey, Aldi’s Ennis store “Charity Champion” with Mary Maloney from Cahercalla Community Nursing Home & Hospice.

Cahercalla Community Nursing Home & Hospice is the latest charity to benefit from Aldi’s Community Grants programme.  Aldi’s Ennis store staff have awarded the charity a €500 grant in recognition of its tremendous work within the local community.

The €500 grant was presented to Mary Maloney from Cahercalla Community Nursing Home & Hospice by Patrick Coffey, Aldi’s Ennis store “Charity Champion”.

Now in its third year, hundreds of charities have been supported by the programme to date with over €200,000 donated by Aldi.

Commenting, John Curtin, Group Buying Director, Aldi Ireland, said: “We are delighted our Ennis store employees have chosen to support the Cahercalla Community Nursing Home & Hospice, for the essential care and support they give to older people in the local community.”

“Supporting the local communities our stores serve is something that we truly believe in. Through our Community Grants programme and partnerships with both FoodCloud and youth organisation Foróige, we have been able to directly help many of the worthwhile charities and organisations making a huge difference to County Clare.”

Operating four stores in County Clare, Aldi is deeply involved in the local community.  Through its partnership with FoodCloud, its stores in County Clare have donated over 23,000meals to local charities to date, while as Foróige’s lead sponsor since 2015 it has helped support initiatives including the Aldi Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards and the Aldi Foróige Junior Baking Competition.

Aldi’s Community Grants Programme provides each Aldi employee with the opportunity to nominate a charity, community group or not-for-profit organisation within their local community for support.  Nominated charities are assessed according to a defined selection criteria, with the organisation deemed the most worthwhile receiving a €500 donation from Aldi.

Each of Aldi’s 137 Irish stores and two Regional Distribution Centres have been allocated an individual annual bursary fund and a “Charity Champion” assigned to co-ordinate the programme.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.