Date: 17 Dec 2020
Lord Mayor Alderman Frank McCoubrey has praised the efforts of volunteers for their hard work and dedication during the pandemic, and has gifted a number of Christmas hampers to organisations across the city.
Belfast Lord Mayor Alderman Frank McCoubrey has praised the efforts of volunteers for their hard work and dedication during the pandemic, and has gifted a number of Christmas hampers to organisations across the city.
Containing local products purchased from home-grown businesses and St George’s Market traders, the hampers are not only a token of appreciation to those who have sought to keep vital services running in a difficult year, but also serve as a showcase of some of Belfast’s finest independent traders and small businesses.
“2020 has been a year of highs and lows. In the face of the pandemic, the people of Belfast showed their strength and resilience by pulling together and refusing to let the challenges of events dampen their spirits and sense of community,” said Alderman McCoubrey.
“The way that staff and volunteers across the city worked tirelessly to keep their organisations running and prioritised the most vulnerable in our society is to be commended, and these Christmas hampers are a small gesture of thanks from me to just some of the amazing volunteers and community workers in our city.”
He added: “We have so many fantastic local businesses and independent traders right here in the city and it was a privilege to sample the high quality and variety of their products and include them in the hampers.
“Shopping local has never been more important and I hope that these hampers are enjoyed and offer people the opportunity to perhaps sample something for the first time.”
The hampers are being distributed to a number of organisations, particularly those who will be operating on Christmas Day, including the Simon Community and the Northern Ireland Hospice.