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Co Antrim shopper bags Christmas feast for free with Lidl NI annual charity Trolley Dash in aid of NSPCC

Lucky local Peter Letters was the selected winner of this year’s Trolley Dash at the Junction One Lidl store.

Lucky local Peter Letters was the selected winner of this year’s Trolley Dash at the Junction One Lidl store.

Shoppers across Northern Ireland were dashing through the aisles of their local Lidl Northern Ireland store as they took on the retailer’s annual charity fundraiser campaign Trolley Dash on Saturday 16th December to bag their entire Christmas shop for free – all whilst raising vital funds for Lidl Northern Ireland’s charity partner, NSPCC.


Across Northern Ireland, a total of 41 lucky customers – one for every Lidl store across the region - took on their very own supermarket sweep, working against a two-minute timer to bag as many items as possible to take home – for free! Local Peter Letters was the lucky winner of Lidl’s Junction One store and walked away with a festive feast worth £378.22.


Now in its tenth year, Lidl Northern Ireland’s flagship Trolley Dash charity initiative raised more than £80,000 for their charity partner NSPCC Northern Ireland which will help fund the delivery of vital services for children in need right across the region.


In the County Antrim area, generous shoppers raised more than £23,000 in vital charity funds by supporting Trolley Dash ticket sales – with all proceeds going directly to NSPCC.


Ivan Ryan, Regional Managing Director, Lidl Northern Ireland commented:

“Trolley Dash continues to be our flagship fundraising event for our charity partner, NSPCC Northern Ireland and our customers really have gone above and beyond with their support this year. I’d like to thank our generous shoppers right across Northern Ireland who raised a staggering combined total of more than £80,000 to help fund NSPCC’s services this Christmas.


"We know that many customers and families are facing increasingly challenging times and that it’s not always possible to be able to give as freely to charity. We’re blown away with the amount raised and thank each and every person that bought a Trolley Dash ticket. Your £1 really will go a long way in supporting children in need this Christmas.


"I’d like to wish all of our customers a very safe and happy Christmas from our Lidl family to yours.”


Operating Childline bases in Belfast and Foyle, NSPCC Northern Ireland supports children across the region and works to prevent abuse, help rebuild children’s lives and support families. Since 2017, Lidl Northern Ireland has raised over £900,000 for NSPCC Northern Ireland.


Commenting on the success of the fundraiser, Stefani Mearns, NSPCC Supporter Fundraising Manager, said;


“Christmas can be one of the most difficult times of the year for young people who are suffering from abuse, neglect, or poor mental health and without fundraising we wouldn’t be able to provide the vital services we provide to support children in need.


"We’re here 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even on Christmas Day to support all children who need the support of our specialist services, or simply someone to talk to. Staffed by our keyworkers and volunteer counsellors, NSPCC’s Childline services answer a call every 25 seconds from a child.


"We’ve been working with Lidl Northern Ireland since 2017 and the support we’ve received from Lidl and its wonderful customers right across Northern Ireland has been amazing. I’d like to thank everyone who entered the competition and helped support us at a time of year when we are needed the most.”


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