Introducing Automated External Defibrillators to Ulster Stores

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In September, we introduced Automated External Defibrillators (AED) into all our stores and our support centre. A number of our colleagues undertook training to use the AED machine in the event of an emergency.

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and is an essential life-saving step in the chain of survival. Ulster Stores see this as an important part of our health and safety program and have recently introduced defibrillators into the workplace, providing defibrillator training for all members of staff.

Helping to save lives is a shared responsibility. Training employees in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) can minimise time-to-defibrillation when every minute counts. For the best chance of survival, a shock to the heart should be delivered within the first 4-6 minutes. The likelihood of successful resuscitation decreases by approximately 10% with every minute that passes. After 10 minutes without defibrillation, few attempts at resuscitation are successful. Sadly, the average response time for emergency medical services in a community is greater than 10 minutes. Therefore, it is important that AED’s are strategically placed within a workplace so that responders have immediate access to this potentially lifesaving equipment.

Simon Colquhoun, Store Director said “it is fantastic that we now have defibrillators available in all of our stores. Hopefully we will never have to use one, but it is great to be able to provide our local community with this genuinely life-saving piece of equipment.”

Rare breed makes a welcome entrance in St Helier

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An exciting new public sculpture will be unveiled in St Helier this week to celebrate one of the most significant investment projects in Jersey’s retail history. As part of its multi-million pound refurbishment of its store, de Gruchy has commissioned a work of art that reflects its history and will draw delight from people of all ages. It is hoped that the statue becomes a part of Jersey’s rich heritage, forms a legacy for generations to come and establishes itself as a must have ‘selfie’ for all visitors to the island.

The three-quarter life-sized model of a ram will be unveiled by the Store Director of de Gruchy, John Marquis in a brief ceremony on 7th June. Local sculptor Pippa Barrow was commissioned to create a piece that would echo de Gruchy’s history’ its brand values and create a sense of continuity by linking the products sold then and now. The result is a playful reflection of the company’s artisanal past – supplying knitted goods and drapery – and its 21st century brand ethos: ‘Forever Inspired’.

The bronze sculpture is inspired by the rare Manx Loaghtan breed of sheep which is the closest living relative to the flocks that once lived in Jersey, and are now used on the Island’s north coast for environmental restoration. It also draws on architectural features including carved rams’ heads found on the columns of the stores New Street entrance.

An important feature of the ram’s plinth is a slot created to enable visitors to make a charitable donation, in the spirit of de Gruchy’s commitment to supporting local charities and the local community. For 2017 all donations will go to Jersey Hospice, the stores official charity of the year for whom the store have already raised over £2500.

Chris Clifford, who advised de Gruchy on the project said “The modern view of the urban environment is that our streets have become ‘brandscapes’. We wanted to create a work of art that playfully addresses the boundaries between public and private spaces, and which draws its inspiration from the original history of de Gruchy, its people and its products over the centuries.

John Marquis, Store Director of de Gruchy said “Our investment in St Helier’s retail environment is significant both for the company and the community. It was important to us to create a visually striking focal point at the New Street entrance that will invite and welcome visitors to the store. Pippa Barrow has produced a work of art that reflects our proud tradition of delivering an exceptional retail experience and products of the highest quality.”

The Team at Moores run the Extra Mile at Belfast City Marathon

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On Monday 1st May 2017, Ulster Stores entered two teams in the relay section of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 2017. We are delighted to announce that we collectively raised a total of £1065.25 for Women’s Aid Federation Northern Ireland.

Women’s Aid is the lead voluntary organisation in Northern Ireland addressing domestic and sexual violence and providing services for women and children. Across the weeks of fundraising we raised over £1,000 towards this great cause.

Neville Moore, Richard Boyd, Robin Reid, Nathan Chapman and Jonathan Murray formed team one, while Helen Houston, Gillian McShane, Jayne Stewart, Sharon Whiteside and Lauren Telford made up team two. Both teams finished in the great times of 4:34:14 and 4:40:39, respectively.

Thank you to everyone who joined with us in supporting this great cause. Click here if you would like to find out more about Women’s Aid Federation Northern Ireland.

Clares of Llandudno Welcome Miss Wales For a Weekend of Fashion and Fundraising

press-picClares of Llandudno will be holding a very special Festival of Style event on Saturday 24th September to launch its Autumn Winter collections and also to support St David’s Hospice by helping to raise crucial funds for the charity.

On Saturday 24th September guests can pick up all the advice they will need to welcome the new season in style. From displays showcasing key trends for AW16 to beauty demonstrations and makeovers from Code Cosmetics. Clares will also be joined by Miss Wales, Ffion Moyle who will get her very own makeover with the help of Code Cosmetics and the newest collections from Clares. Customers can also expect flutes of fizz alongside the very best in fashion brands. With 10% off across womens, mens, cookshop, lingerie and fashion accessories, plus live cookshop demonstrations there’s lots to see and do this weekend at Clares.

Clares of Llandudno will also be raising money for St David’s Hospice where staff members will be collecting on the day. There will also be collection buckets placed around the store welcoming all donations with all proceeds going towards the charity.

Claire McElroy Store Manager said: “Autumn/Winter is here and we’re delighted to host the latest fashion and style event for our customers. We have lots happening in store from cookshop demos and make up masterclasses from Code Cosmetics, plus the latest in fashion from brands like GANT, Tommy Hilfiger, Moda in Pelle, Joules, Masai and White Stuff.

“The event is also a great opportunity for us to fundraise for St David’s Hospice – we hope that our customers will take the opportunity to come down on the day and join in and help support the charity.”

The event will be taking place on Saturday 24th September in Clares of Llandudno, 97-99 Mostyn Street, Llandudno.

Moores of Coleraine Get Set For a Weekend of Fashion and Fundraising

press-release-2Moores of Coleraine will be holding a very special Festival of Style event on Saturday 24th September to launch its Autumn Winter collections and also to help the Caring Caretaker, Davy Boyle, raise funds for his chosen charities.

On Saturday 24th September guests can pick up all the styling advice they will need to welcome the new season in style. From displays showcasing key trends for AW16 to pop up brow bars from Bare Minerals, Benefit, Lancôme, Estee Lauder, Clinique and Clarins. Customers can also expect flutes of fizz alongside the very best in fashion brands for all ages. With 10% off across womens, kids, mens and fashion accessories and live cookshop demonstrations there’s lots to see and do this weekend at Moores.

As part of Moore’s 90th year celebrations, announced earlier in the year, the store will be using the event to support the Caring Caretaker in his bid to raise £500,000 for charity. On the day Moores will hold a pop up nail bar where customers can enjoy a file, polish and a glass of prosecco for £5 with all proceeds going to the Caring Caretaker. Collections buckets will also be found around the store.

Simon Colquhoun, Store Director of Moores of Coleraine said: “Autumn/Winter is here and we’re delighted to host the latest fashion and style event for our customers. We have lots happening in store from cookshop demos and make up masterclasses, plus the latest in fashion from brands like GANT, Tommy Hilfiger, Moda in Pelle, Joules and White Stuff.

“The event is also a great opportunity for us to support Davy Boyle – we hope that our customers will take the opportunity to come down on the day and enjoy getting their nails done as a special fundraiser to help the Caring Caretaker reach his goal.”

The event will be taking place on Saturday 24th September in Moores of Coleriane, 9-11 Church St. Coleraine.

 

Moores of Coleraine Supports the Caring Caretaker in Bid to Reach Half a Million

davyboyle_03As part of our 90 year anniversary celebrations, we will embark on a series of fundraising activities over the next eight months to help the Caring Caretaker in his bid to raise half a
million for charity.

In our first effort we will have three relay teams taking part in the Belfast Marathon.

Aghadowey born David Boyle MBE also known as the Caring Caretaker started raising money for local charities in 1998. So far he has raised £483,000 of funds which has been used to support a wide range of charities and the disadvantaged both at home and abroad. With our support, Davy is aiming to reach the half a million mark by Christmas 2016.

Speaking about the activity Neville Moore, Managing Director of Moores of Coleraine, said: “Moores is very proud to be associated with David Boyle, who during the past two decades has worked tirelessly to raise funds for a range of charities and has received royal recognition for his work. You can’t fail to be touched by his efforts. Moores has committed its full support to helping David raise the £17K needed to reach his goal. We believe our customers will respond generously to the range of fundraising activities we plan to coordinate during our 90th anniversary year.”

David Boyle MBE, said: “I am delighted that Moores has chosen to nominate me as its charity partner for 2016. I receive no government funding and rely entirely on the generosity of the general public and companies such as Moores to help me raise money for very worthwhile causes. I look forward to working with Moores throughout 2016 in its fundraising efforts”.