Christmas Hampers 2017


It was a long few weeks for our volunteers, but the last Christmas Hamper was delivered at 2pm on Christmas Eve in what has been our busiest year ever. We received more nominations for assistance than ever before, and our Committee had great difficulty in trying to select the recipients.

This Christmas we have delivered 159 Christmas food hampers locally to people in need, and this has helped to feed 516 men, women and children. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters and our association with the Cool FM “Mission Christmas” toy appeal, we have given a very full black bin bag of brand new toys to 206 local children who may not have been receiving a present to open on Christmas morning otherwise.

This year we have had the most amazing and humbling support from our local community, and we thank each and every one of you from the bottom of our hearts. You have enabled us to make Christmas happen for so many people, and you should all be very proud of yourselves for that.

We owe a special thanks to the following:
Sandra, Stephanie, Jill and families for their Secret Santa activities, the Forde, Kinnersley and Sim families for packing the hampers, Sandra, Stephanie and Rebecca, Rebecca, Aaron, Aisling, Nicholas, Alana and Stephen for the help with deliveries, the Portadown Cares Committee and volunteers, and to all our customers and supporters who donated food and toys to us.

Local clubs, schools, businesses and individuals who donated food, toys and money: Shelbourne Motors, Gilford Van Hire, Tandragee Junior High School, Lisa Wallace, 5th and 6th Dromore Scouts Lurgan, Bank of Ireland (Portadown branch), the Lord Mayor, Portadown District Royal Black Preceptories, Hannath Estate Agents, Zio’s Restaurant, Portadown Christian Centre, Kerry Foods, Tayto, Chapman Farm Fresh, Wille & Morgan Mac, Edenderry Primary School, Simply Fruit, Moy Park, Supershop Annagh Bridge, Irwin’s Bakery, Rock The Runway, and every single person who donated time, money or goods to our Appeal – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Christmas Hampers 2016

Portadown Cares strives to help those in need. The work that we do in the shop is our only source of funding and we try our best to help as many families as possible. Each year, Portadown Cares launches a Hamper appeal to provide food and toys for those who may not be able to support themselves at this expensive time of year. In these hampers, there are ingredients to make a Christmas Dinner and some other luxuries including crisps, chocolate and tinned food. Local people in the community are invited to fill out nomination forms to nominate someone they believe would benefit from a Hamper, and the process is completely anonymous. We are often greeted by shocked and thankful faces as the people who receive the Hampers are completely unaware that they have been nominated, and are very grateful that they can have a Merry Christmas. If there are kids in the family, we try our best to provide a few bags of toys for the families to wrap up to have something under the tree.

This year we managed to make up and deliver over 140 hampers to the local people of Portadown. It took a lot of teamwork and coordination from our committee and volunteers to get these hampers ready to go. The public have been fantastic by donating toys and food for the hampers as well as showing their support and we just want to say a big Thank You to all who donated for this cause!  Your continued support will help us to fund our Hamper Appeal in 2017!





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2nd Birthday celebrations – like and share on our Facebook page to win a pair of our “Strictly” tickets!!!

It seems hard to believe, but we have been operating from our High Street Mall premises for 2 years now! And on the 19th July it will have been 3 years since the doors of the first Portadown Cares charity shop opened in the Mall, and it has been an incredible 3 years. During this time, we have seen our charity grow from a small group of 7 people with big dreams to a team of almost 30 including our committee members and volunteers as well as becoming an employer with 2 part-time staff running the shop. We have come a long way since Portadown Cares started around a kitchen table in 2010, and came into being as a legal entity in October 2012

We have been able to offer practical work experience to a number of people during this time – the long term unemployed, the over 50’s, teenagers looking for their first job, and people with a variety of learning difficulties. All of them have enriched our shop and gained something of value for themselves too. We have also run a large number of community events – cookery demonstrations, craft nights, pottery classes, first aid training, healthy living guidance – all free of charge to help promote education and social inclusion. We are also building up a bank of equipment which other local groups and charities can borrow – bouncy castles, character costumes, PA system, laptops, projector, catering equipment, two way radios – again, all free of charge. This is how we put something back into our local community by enabling them to run their own events without incurring hire costs for equipment.

None of this would be possible without the support of the wonderful people of Portadown who have purchased furniture, clothing and accessories from us, and to the equally magnificent people who have donated things for us to sell. We are here to put something back into our local community, and because of these two groups of people we are able to do just that. We firmly believe that charity begins at home, and home for us is Portadown. Thanks to everyone for all their help, assistance and encouragement, to our first landlords Irwins Bakery, our current landlords Brittas Properties, and to the management of the High Street Mall. Here’s to the next 2 years, and hopefully some big news coming soon……. watch this space!!!!

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Portadown Cares Strictly Comes Dancing

Portadown Cares is hosting a Strictly Come Dancing event on the 7th May in the Seagoe Hotel. The tickets will be £12 each and will be availablestrictly1 for collection in the shop soon.

The event will benefit many different charities as each dancer is dancing for a charity of their choice and raising money via sponsorship for them. The dancers will have around 10 weeks of training before the event with the Kim Bailie School of Dance, and your support for them will be greatly appreciated!!!

Healthy Cooking Demo

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There was a free healthy eating cooking demonstration held in the shop on the 6th May 2015. This was teaching people how to make some healthy, low fat foods. All participants received a bag of ingredients to make up their own meals.

Portadown Cares Rock Night!

Portadown Cares are delighted to announce the return of Charity Rocks! Once again two fabulous local groups Raid 51 and Flash Harry have agreed to play a charity concert for us. All proceeds from this will go towards the annual Christmas hampers for those in need in the local area, please show us your support by having a great night out while also supporting a fantastic cause!

The Elk & Clipper Banbridge Opening Night!

Congratulations to our committee member Dwaine Smyth and sponsor Michael Dowell on the very successful opening night of the latest branch of The Elk and Clipper in Banbridge. Many thanks to Dwaine, Michael and Shane for the invitation and the craic, and to Juram for the music!!

For more information visit The Elk & Clipper facebook page: Here

1st Anniversary photos with Mickey & Minnie

Photos of young & old taken at on the 1st Anniversary of our shop being open. All photos are copyrighted and are the property of Portadown Cares, and may be freely downloaded/printed ONLY by those in the photos or their families for personal use only. Thank you for respecting this.