Town charity celebrates with anniversary day

Suzanne McDonald, Phyllis Abraham and Maxine Chambers.
Suzanne McDonald, Phyllis Abraham and Maxine Chambers.

Tomorrow (Saturday) is a red letter day for the excellent local charity Portadown Cares, which celebrates its first anniversary with an open day.

Everyone with the welfare of Portadown at heart is invited along for a day of fun and reflection to support the charity and its concept, and help them look back on a year where they have helped so many groups and individuals in a true cross-community spirit.

The event will be centred on the group’s High Street premises (the former Clinton Cards) with the charity having moved early this year from the original premises, next door at the old Woolworths store, now occupied by Peacocks.

The Open Day will be running throughout tomorrow, and there will be a 20 per cent reduction on all sales - and bring along the kids for a spot of face painting and other fun.

It has been quite a year for Portadown Cares. Their projects have included providing T-shirts for Portadown Panthers, a rugby team for children with learning disabilities; helping the Ashgrove Pensioners Luncheon Club; toy equipment for the Goal Line Charity; track suits for Portadown Football Youth; fleece tops for Portadown Ladies Integrated Team.

They also showed their efficiency and concern during and after the Portadown Pikers tragedy at Lough Ree where two members of the club perished. And they have helped 60 in-need Portadown families with furniture, clothes, electrics and food. They also handed out a plethora of Christmas hampers.

Manager Phyllis Abraham and her team look back with pride on the past 12 months and thank the people of Portadown for their continued excellent support, which is growing by the day.

Items like furniture, clothing and many more are needed and appreciated - deliver small items to the shop, or ring 02838 986003 for larger items to be collected by the delivery team from the 15 volunteers.