Shop Challenge to fund new Action Cancer stores

Elizabeth McCullough (centre) is pictured with Joan McAllister and Margo McNamara from Mulholland's. INCT 38-004-PSB
Elizabeth McCullough (centre) is pictured with Joan McAllister and Margo McNamara from Mulholland's. INCT 38-004-PSB

Funds raised during a community initiative in Carrick last week will go towards establishing a number of new Action Cancer stores.

Four members of staff from Mulholland’s Funeral Directors pitched in at the Market Place branch on Thursday afternoon as part of the ‘Shop Challenge’.

Staff from Mulholland's Funeral Directors in Carrickfergus join Shirley Kearney (far left) from the Market Place Action Cancer store as part of the 'Shop Challenge' last week.  INCT 39-721-CON

Staff from Mulholland's Funeral Directors in Carrickfergus join Shirley Kearney (far left) from the Market Place Action Cancer store as part of the 'Shop Challenge' last week. INCT 39-721-CON

Customers visiting the Carrick store were given the chance to win prizes in a tombola and raffle, with free tea and coffee provided by the Mulholland’s volunteers.

The Irish Quarter-based funeral directors’ is frequently involved in community outreach, said staff member Margo McNamara.

“It’s about getting our faces out there in the community and doing what we can to help,” she added.

“Staff have donated quite a bit of stock to the shop as well.”

The funds raised during last year’s challenge went towards a refurbishment of the Carrickfergus branch, said manager Shirley Kearney.

“The money raised this year will go into setting up a couple of new Action Cancer shops,” she added.

Meanwhile, the charity is planning a fashion show fundraiser in November, to be held in Crumlin Road Gaol.

“Local designers have taken stock from the shop and re-fashioned it into different garments,” said Shirley.

Meanwhile, the branch runs a loyalty card scheme for customers, as well as themed window displays throughout the year.