Centra and Mace support Mission Christmas across NI

Announcing the partnership is (front row) Elizabeth Jamison of Centra Conlig and Debbie Adams of Mace Newtownards along with Cool FM Breakfast's Rebecca McKinney, Pete Snodden and Paulo Ross and Downtown Radio Breakfast's Gary Myles and Kirstie McMurray.
Announcing the partnership is (front row) Elizabeth Jamison of Centra Conlig and Debbie Adams of Mace Newtownards along with Cool FM Breakfast's Rebecca McKinney, Pete Snodden and Paulo Ross and Downtown Radio Breakfast's Gary Myles and Kirstie McMurray.

This festive season, local convenience retail brands Centra and Mace are supporting Downtown Radio and Cool FM’s Cash for Kids Mission Christmas appeal to help vulnerable children.

The appeal, which last year saw over 6,300 disadvantaged children benefit, encourages people across Northern Ireland to purchase one extra gift when they are doing their Christmas shopping and donate.

“We are delighted that both Centra and Mace are supporting this wonderful charity appeal for a second year. Christmas can be such a busy time of the year and it is very easy to forget those who are less fortunate, especially children as it should be such a magical time for them.”

Nigel Maxwell Centra sales director

Almost 200 Centra and Mace stores across Northern Ireland will be acting as ‘drop off points’ until December 18, so the local community can donate at their own convenience. And with so many children living in poverty in Northern Ireland, the need to make this Christmas special for them couldn’t be any greater.

The Mission Christmas appeal requires donations of new unwrapped toys, clothes or games which will be distributed to disadvantaged children, through a number of governing bodies and charities, to ensure they don’t miss out this Christmas.

Gifts can be purchased for children aged 0-17 years however in recent years there has been a particular shortage of gifts suitable for 0-3 or 14-17 years.

Centra sales director, Nigel Maxwell said: “We are delighted that both Centra and Mace are supporting this wonderful charity appeal for a second year. Christmas can be such a busy time of the year and it is very easy to forget those who are less fortunate, especially children as it should be such a magical time for them.

“Centra and Mace stores are at the heart of many communities across Northern Ireland and we felt it was important to help those less fortunate who live amongst us. With almost 200 stores across Northern Ireland we are hopeful that our customers and wider community will also get behind this very worthy cause,” he added.

For more details on Cash For Kids’ Mission Christmas Appeal visit the website: www.downtown.co.uk/mission.