Free meat for the elderly

Beattie Lavery, Tom Rodgers and Margaret Rodgers outside the Action 4 Elderly shop in Market Street. INLM44-138gc
Beattie Lavery, Tom Rodgers and Margaret Rodgers outside the Action 4 Elderly shop in Market Street. INLM44-138gc

A new shop in Lurgan has an innovative approach to helping the elderly.

For example today (Thursday) they’ll be handing out free meat packs to pensioners.

Located beside Heaton’s in the former Birthday’s store, volunteer driven shop Action4Elderly have a simple mandate.

Tom Rodgers explained: “We aim to reduce the monthly outgoings of the elderly and the well being any way we can.

“All the people who associated with Action4Elderly are volunteers. Not one person gets paid, all our profit goes to the elderly. If an elderly person needs for example a washing machine fixed we have an electrical engineer who will try and fix the problem. If it is unfixable we aim to replace it with one that works.

“There is no charge and each month that passes the last day of the month we use our profit made in each store to purchase what we can and then give it from the shop directly to the pensioner on that day.

“This month we’ll be giving a selection of meat from Fintan O’Hagan’s butchers to around 150 people.

“We are sponsored by Portadown Recycling who are a great help with not just funding but also practicle issues,

We are currently renovating our Mahon Road site and by December we hope to have not only several classes and workshops but a centre offering advice and real help.

“At Lurgan anyone can drop in and there is free tea and coffee available and help in any form we can.

“We are a registered Charity and rely on the public to do what we do and so any kind of donation, from items to sell to financial help, every penny is returned in the form of help.

“As the shop has only been open three weeks we are waiting for a telephone number but in the meantime anyone who needs help or advice can call 0793 385 1583 and one of our volunteers will help all they can, day or night.”