The retailer said that it has supported the Irish Cancer Society for 12 years and the funds raised this year are an accumulation of donations in aid of the ‘Care For Your Pair’ movement.
This year fundraising initiatives from Centra stores included a tap at till mechanic instore which raised €114,000, as well as the sale of merchandise and a Just Giving page which raised €38,000 collectively, it added.
Speaking about the fundraiser, Ian Allen, managing director of Centra said, “It’s brilliant to see such a fantastic result of the combined efforts from our Centra stores the length and breadth of the country.
"The funds raised will positively impact so many people effected by breast cancer through the vital services that the Irish Cancer Society provide, and we are extremely proud to support this charity," he said.
Supporting Breast Cancer Patients
These much-needed funds will go directly to supporting breast cancer patients by providing crucial services such as the Irish Cancer Society Freephone Support Line, the Volunteer Driver Service, the Night Nursing Service, and the free Counselling Service.
Irish Cancer Society’s National Fundraising lead, Rosemary Simmons noted, "The funds raised this year will play a vital role in providing free support services and care to people affected by breast cancer while also helping to develop ground-breaking breast cancer research.
When it comes to breast cancer early detection can save lives and we encourage anyone who has a concern to contact a GP," she said.
Our Support Line is also available on 1800 200 700 where our expert cancer nurses are available to chat about any issue big or small when it comes to breast health and breast cancer,” Simmons added.
Last year, donations to the Irish Cancer Society from Centra contributed towards the funding of more than 2,400 trips to chemotherapy for breast cancer patients.
The raised funded also supported more than 2,700 counselling sessions for breast cancer patients, almost 700 nights of end-of-life care for breast cancer patients and supported more than 3,400 people affected by breast cancer through the Support Line and Daffodil Centres.