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Wednesday 21 November 2018

Blue chip group nets Tesco win

Store Manager Gary Redmond, staff Carol Murray and Nicola Fagan with Roisin Dixon and Neil and Shane Gorman from Swords Basketball Club at the Tesco Community Tea Day Fundraiser at Airside
Store Manager Gary Redmond, staff Carol Murray and Nicola Fagan with Roisin Dixon and Neil and Shane Gorman from Swords Basketball Club at the Tesco Community Tea Day Fundraiser at Airside
Breda Brady, Claire Ahern, Carol Murray, Paul Clifford, Store Manager Gary Redmond, Danny Wilson and Nicola Fagan at the Tesco Community Tea Day Fundraiser at Airside

John Manning

Swords Community First Responders were honoured at a Tesco 'Communi-tea' Day at the store in Airside for being the local community group who attracted the most support from customers during the year in the store's Community Fund initiative.

The Tesco Community Fund will be familiar to anyone who shops at Tesco and involved three local charities or community organisations at a time competing for support in the form of blue tokens given to shoppers at the end of their weekly shop.

The results determine how €1,000 is distributed among the three groups and in a year when Tesco Airside distributed the community fund to more than 40 local groups, it was Swords Community First Responders that gathered the most blue tokens over all with Swords Special Olympics in second place.

The group was delighted to attend the event alongside other local charities and community organisations that benefited from the Tesco Community Fund over the last year.

Both Tesco Airside and Community First Responders have been in existence for just over a year and the ties between the two go further than the community fund with news that Swords CFR will place their next public defibrillator at the store.

That will be added to by another public defibrillator soon in River Valley, once a specific location is agreed, according to Swords CFR secretary, Zita Corkery. Swords CFR have responded to 70 emergency calls in the last year and it is safe to say they have saved many lives in Swords in that time, as they respond to 999 calls for heart attacks, strokes, chest pain and cardiac arrest.

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