The team at Amazon’s new Dublin fulfilment centre has marked the site’s opening by donating €20,000 to four Irish family support charities. Donations of €5,000 were made to Cliona’s Foundation, Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation, LauraLynn Children’s Hospice and Barretstown by the charity committee at the new Amazon fulfilment centre as part of the company’s community support programme.
Cliona’s Foundation, headquartered in Limerick but working across Ireland, supports families dealing with financial issues while caring for a child with a life-limiting illness. Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation is a national charity headquartered in Naas providing in-home nursing care and respite support for children up to the age of six with severe to profound neurodevelopmental delay. LauraLynn is Ireland’s only Children’s Hospice providing hospice and palliative care and support for children with life limiting conditions and their families. The charity is based in Dublin and supports children and families across the country. Kildare’s Barretstown offers free camps and programmes for children and their families living with a serious illness. While on site, families have access to 24-hour medical and nursing care.
Speaking on the donations, Darragh Kelly, General Manager at the Amazon fulfilment centre in Dublin, said: “Supporting our community here in Dublin and across Ireland is something we’re incredibly passionate about and it’s great to make these donations to such fantastic charities. All four organisations offer vital services for families in Ireland, and we’re pleased to lend them a helping hand with these donations.”
Amanda Kilbride works at the Amazon fulfilment centre in Dublin and was part of the team that chose the charities for the donations. She added: “Everyone on our team has been really excited to open our new building and what better way to mark the occasion than by making donations to four charities that do so much for families across Ireland. I’m really pleased that Amazon has chosen these charities for this support.”
Jennifer McDonald from LauraLynn Children’s Hospice said: “On behalf of everyone at LauraLynn, I’d like to thank Darragh and the team at Amazon in Dublin for this donation. Support like this ensures we can continue to support children and families across Ireland and we’re grateful for this gesture from the Amazon team.”
The charities received the donations as part of Amazon’s programme to support communities in and around its operating locations throughout Ireland. Amazon’s new 630,000 square foot fulfilment centre, in Dublin’s Baldonnell Business Park, has created 500 new jobs and will help provide faster delivery for customers across the country seven days a week, including one-day delivery on hundreds of thousands of items. The Dublin fulfilment centre, the first of its kind in Ireland, will hold millions of items to be picked, packed and shipped to customers across the island of Ireland. The fulfilment centre in Dublin joins the two Amazon delivery stations, based in Rathcoole and Ballycoolin, to open in the Republic of Ireland. Amazon also has delivery stations in Northern Ireland, located in Belfast and Portadown.
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