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Regeneron charity donations – The company worked with Focus Ireland, the Mid-West Simon Community, Novas Ireland, the Peter McVerry Trust, and the Redemptorists

Regeneron donates to charities in Limerick just in time for Christmas 

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Ann Mc Donald

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Regeneron has donated to five charities based in Limerick just in time for Christmas. The leading innovator in biotech donated over 7,000 items of food and household goods to the charities, totalling up to €25,000 worth of goods.

The company worked with Focus Ireland, the Mid-West Simon Community, Novas Ireland, the Peter McVerry Trust, and the Redemptorists to develop a shopping list. They then purchased these essential items, which included food, paper goods, detergents, and much more to support each organisation’s needs.

Niall O’Leary, Senior Vice President, and Site Head of Regeneron Ireland Industrial Operations and Product Supply said, “Focus Ireland, Novas, the Peter McVerry Trust, Mid-West Simon Community Centre and the Redemptorists do so much good for so many in our community. It is our privilege to support these organisations and we hope Regeneron’s donations will help them reach more people who need assistance this Christmas.”

Focus Ireland gave their donated goods to the people they serve across the Mod West, which consists of 282 singles, over 150 families, and 60 young people between the ages of 18 to 23. 

The MidWest Simon Community distributed the donated goods at their Christmas Food Bank which took place on Wednesday, December 22, which was attended by more than 700 of their community clients.

Eleshia Fahy, Head of Operations at Mid-West Simon, said, “The timing is perfect to enable us to distribute these goods to the most vulnerable in our community. The donation will go a long way in supporting clients and alleviate some of the financial burdens that people experience at Christmas, especially in light of Covid.

“The donation means that people can pay a utility bill or feed their families comfortably this Christmas. Without this kind gesture, they may not have been able to do so. Thank you, Regeneron.” 

The Regeneron charity donations given to Novas Ireland provided meals for over 100 residents at three of their sites.

The Peter McVerry Trust provides services and housing to over 150 households in Limerick and distributed the donated supplies to more than 200 people.

Sinead Flynn of The Peter McVerry Trust said, “Each person that we work with receives their own support plan to put food on the table and have household supplies while they move onto the next chapter in their lives. 

“These necessities are provided by Peter McVerry Trust through generous and kind donations from individuals and organisations like Regeneron. We are incredibly grateful to the Regeneron team for their consistent support to help people leave homelessness behind them for good.”

The Regeneron charity donations given to The Redemptorists were included in the over 6,000 hampers they provide each year as part of their Christmas Hamper Appeal programme.

The programme serves the elderly, those living alone, those experiencing homelessness or at risk of being homeless, and those experiencing domestic abuse in Limerick city, county, and surrounding areas.

Eileen Hoffler of the Redemptorists said, “Our focus is on food, however, we have been keenly aware of the need for such household and personal items. Our budget does not allow us to supply them on any great scale, therefore the Regeneron donation has been really helpful and very much appreciated.”

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