NJC Hospice Shops Challenge Raises almost 9k


Newry Junior Chamber members excelled in their Apprentice Style Hospice Shops take over on Saturday 19th November taking over all three Hospice Shops in Newry, Rathfriland and Banbridge in an effort to raise the most amount of money. 

Each shop was led by a captain and team members from the Newry Junior Chamber who volunteered their time to help our local Hospice.  The three teams headed up by Darren McKinney from Netwatch Systems who took over the Banbridge Shop, Trish Heaney from I Am Social Media who managed the Newry Shop and Ryan Sheppard from Clanrye Lighting in the Rathfriland Shop. 

The group collectively raised an amazing £8,909.71 during the task, but the Rathfriland shop topped the leaderboard to win the Challenge with their group ‘Team Endeavour’.

All three teams completed fundraising events in the build up to the shop takeover and had some fantastic items on sale on the day.  The Banbridge shop had a special volunteer in the form of Lord Mayor Garath Keating who helped out for a couple of hours.  The Rathfriland shop got a treat when Santa Clause came to visit the store and Newry Shop welcomed many local businesses for a coffee morning.

Ryan Sheppard from Team Endeavour said “We are very thankful to all the individuals and businesses that supported us throughout the challenge.  Whilst this task was great fun and we enjoyed getting competitive with the other teams, we never lost sight of why we were taking part.  The care provided in our community by the Southern Area Hospice is amazing and we are honored to be fundraising for such a great cause”.

If your business would like to get involved and compete in a Hospice Shops challenge during 2017, contact the Fundraising office on (028) 302 51333 for more information.