Supporting the community
Ulster Carpets have always taken its role within the community very seriously supporting many charities and community initiatives since it was founded over 80 years ago. Now is no different, with the company helping in a number of ways during these difficult times.
A £50,000 donation to support front line workers in the local Craigavon Area Hospital, has been made through a trust fund set up by Ulster Carpets. This has purchased over 9,000 bottles of hand sanitiser for hospital staff from local business Frazers who began production of this much needed product.
A further £15,000 donation has also been made by the trust to support the Southern Area Hospice Services in its vital work in the local area. The Southern Area Hospice Services is a charity dedicated to the equitable delivery of specialist palliative care to patients who have Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease and AIDS and to their relatives and carers. Like many charities it has seen its funding drop dramatically over the past few months and this donation will help to ensure these services can continue.
Dr John Wilson, Chairman of Ulster Carpets and Trustee said “The John Wilson Memorial Trust was set up in memory of my late father, one of the five children of George Walter Wilson who founded the company in 1938. My father believed strongly in helping the local community and as a frontline NHS doctor I have seen first hand the devastating effects of the Covid pandemic. I am delighted that both the trust and the company have been able to help and support these vital local services”
Alongside the Trust, Mourne Textiles, sister company of Mourne Weavers who are part of the Ulster Group have been inspired by the nations pictures of rainbows to create a limited edition rainbow scarf, with all the profits going to the Northern Ireland Hospice and Children’s Hospice ‘Now, More than Ever’ emergency appeal. The scarves are individually woven on vintage shuttle looms, sewn and finished on site at their hand weaving workshop at the foothills of the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland.
Ulster Carpets are also providing logistical support by collecting and delivering components that are being made across Northern Ireland for the production of Hero Shields for health care workers.
The company is proud to be able to play its part and support its community during these uncertain times.
Read more about the John Wilson Memorial Trust here.