Donaghy Bros donates £5k to Women’s Aid NI

Electrical appliance retailer Donaghy Bros has donated £5,000 worth of goods to Women’s Aid NI as part of the 2020 Christmas charity appeal by ‘Digg Deep for Kids’.
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The fundraising initiative focused on raising funds for three local charities including Women’s Aid.

James Donaghy, owner of Donaghy Bros, said: “When we heard about the Digg Deep for Kids campaign, we were keen to get involved. With our extensive range of electrical goods we were ideally placed to practically assist Women’s Aid with their desired list of household items for the 13 refuges across the province.”

The £5000 donation has translated into hundreds of items of equipment from the shop’s extensive range and while some centres have availed of washing machines, fridges and microwaves, James was also humbled by the volume of smaller everyday essential items requested – such as irons, toasters and kettles. He added that he was proud of the fact that all these items would make a significant difference to the women and children living within the refuges.

Pictured from left are Sharon Burnett, CEO of Women's Aid NI and Dermot and James Donaghy, owners of Donaghy BrosPictured from left are Sharon Burnett, CEO of Women's Aid NI and Dermot and James Donaghy, owners of Donaghy Bros
Pictured from left are Sharon Burnett, CEO of Women's Aid NI and Dermot and James Donaghy, owners of Donaghy Bros

Sharon Burnett, Chief Executive Officer of Causeway and Mid-Ulster Women’s Aid, said: “We are genuinely so grateful for the support of Donaghy Bros and it will make such a difference to the lives of the women and children who need to avail of our services. 2020 was a challenging year for so many and this donation really has lifted our spirits.”

Sharon explained that there are 13 refuges and eight Women’s Aid groups in Northern Ireland who provide temporary refuge to women and their children suffering domestic and sexual violence. The gift of £5000 from Donaghy Bros has ensured that each group received a share of the funds and, in turn, each refuge was able to spend their allocation on the specific items that were most needed in their refuge.

Caroline O’Neill of ‘Digg Deep for Kids’ said: “I’d like to offer a massive thank you to Donaghy Bros for their support for women and children affected by abuse. I will never forget their support.”

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