Applegreen PLC has today announced a new partnership with Enable Ireland and Pieta House, who join with the Irish Youth Foundation and FoodCloud to form their corporate charity partnerships for 2020 and 2021. The charities were chosen with the help and input of the Applegreen Ireland customers and staff and have a focus on the areas of children, mental health, disability and continuing to grow the Applegreen Blossom Fund.
Enable Ireland is a charity that provides vital therapy and support services to over 8,100 children and young people with disabilities, and their families. Commenting at the announcement, John O’Sullivan, CEO of Enable Ireland said: “We are delighted to have been selected as one of Applegreen’s chosen charities. Support from Applegreen’s staff and customers will go towards our respite services and enable us to provide the best possible support to the children and young people in our care.”
Pieta House supported nearly a thousand young people at the risk of suicide and self-harm in 2019 and have developed the Resilience Academy as a result. At the announcement, Elaine Austin, CEO of Pieta House said: “The support of Applegreen will ensure that we can expand our programme to reach more schools across the country through our Resilience programme. Our trained counsellors visit schools, listening to the needs of the teenagers and teaching vital coping skills in the classroom.”
Every time a customer makes a purchase in-store, 1c is donated to the Applegreen Charitable Fund at no extra cost to the customer. Money is also donated through counter top boxes placed in all Applegreen stores nationwide and from fundraising events organised by staff. In 2018, an impressive circa €750,000 was donated to Irish charities, giving much needed support to the incredible work done by these organisations every day.
Also speaking at the launch, Lucy Masterson, CEO of the Irish Youth Foundation said: “We are excited to continue our partnership with Applegreen. This will be the third year of the Applegreen Blossom Fund, supporting youth projects and programmes across Ireland that focus on children’s health and well-being. With the collaboration of the Applegreen Blossom Fund, the Irish Youth Foundation is able to work with youth projects in every county and have a national reach.”
Commenting at the new charity partnerships announcement, Joe Barrett, COO, Applegreen plc said: “We are proud to announce our new charity partnerships and their strong focus on mental health, disability and youth wellbeing. We’re also delighted to continue our partnership with FoodCloud, enabling them to increase their ability to rescue more surplus food across the country. This community focused, sustainable approach is an area we are continuing to develop in order to drive a greater impact and make a positive difference.”
Applegreen is going from strength to strength as a business having evolved from a small Irish business to a leading convenience retailer and fuel forecourt operator in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom with an evolving presence in the USA. As of June 2019, the business employed c. 11,000 people across 483 sites.