Kellys SuperValu in Boyle was one of a number SuperValu stores that have given Barnardos funding to upgrade their energy efficiency – and ultimately save money on energy costs.
Ireland’s largest children’s charity, Barnardos, received a significant donation and grant aid of €275,000 from SuperValu retailers throughout the country, including Kelly’s SuperValu in Boyle and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), to improve the energy efficiency of its family care centres nationwide.
The funds have allowed Barnardos to make much needed upgrades to boilers and heating controls, roof and cavity wall insulation, low energy lighting, and air to water heat pumps.
It is estimated that this will save Barnardos approximately €30,000 a year in energy costs, allowing more resources to be channelled directly into support services for vulnerable children and their families.
Kelly’s SuperValu Boyle and Cahill’s Supervalu Castlerea in Roscommon are also spending a combined €70,000 on installing energy efficient technologies at their own store, which will reduce their energy consumption by up to 30%. €1.5 million is being invested in total by SuperValu and the SEAI.
Commenting on this exciting partnership, Barnardos CEO Fergus Finlay said, “We are extremely grateful to the SuperValu stores in Roscommon and the SEAI for their support. The savings we make on energy costs at our centres will be redirected into services and will support our work with more than 11,300 children and their families in communities across Ireland.”
Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of SuperValu, said, “Barnardos provides essential services in the heart of local communities, which is at the centre of everything we strive to achieve at SuperValu. We have an ongoing commitment to create greener and vibrant local communities, and we hope that our contribution, and that of the SEAI, helps Barnardos make much needed savings to continue their work in the community.”
John Randles, Head of Delivery with SEAI said, “Energy efficiency is really important for Ireland to reduce expensive imports of fossil fuel and provide much needed employment. The collaboration between SuperValu and Barnardos is a fantastic example of community projects which involve people and organisations working together, having a real positive impact on people’s lives, and the environment”.
This campaign is delivered through SEAI’s Better Energy Community programme and SuperValu’s commitment to greener and vibrant local communities.
SuperValu is part of the Musgrave Group, Ireland’s largest grocery and food distributor. With 223 stores throughout Ireland, SuperValu has served the people of Ireland for over 35 years and is a well-established landmark across Irish communities.
Liam Reynolds photograph shows Mark O Shea ( Manager SuperValu Boyle ) with Rebecca and Mark Dwyer.