Brothers Dale and Aaron Beckett, who own SPAR Loughbrickland, ViVO Ballyrobert and ViVO Lisbane, are donating a share of hundreds of disposable masks and hand sanitiser to their stores’ GP surgeries, care homes and District Nurses, alongside all-important hampers of biscuits to keep dedicated staff going.

Dale Beckett says their stores are an integral part of the communities they serve and it was important for them to give back; “this pandemic has hit so many families in our local communities, and there are many key workers who are continuing to work through it all. We hope our donations give those at the GP surgeries and care homes a little less to worry about while they’re continuing to help their patients and residents throughout this pandemic.”

And at a time when charities’ fundraising events have succumbed to the lockdown, the brothers have been making sure they pivot their planned fundraising challenges in the coming months, knowing how much pressure charities of all sizes are experiencing right now.

Dale continued; “We have been collecting for Air Ambulance NI throughout our three stores as around 40 of our staff were signed up to complete their Let’s Go Hydro Challenge back in April and the Mourne Way Walk Challenge in June. The fundraising continued, however, and we are donating a cheque for £1,105 to this very worthy charity.

“We were also due to hold our annual Blooming Great Tea Party for Marie Curie in June, which is always a huge occasion for us in Loughbrickland, so we’ll be donating £500 to Marie Curie NI.

“Our SPAR Loughbrickland charity partner, Action Cancer, has never been more important as a number of treatments have been cancelled due to COVID-19, alongside their own fundraising events, so we’re also donating £500 to them to help them deliver the services they can to their patients.”