On 16 July, employees from Aspen Ireland’s offices travelled to the ALONE house in Artane, Dublin to paint the bedsit of an elderly resident. ALONE is an independent charity that works with the 1 in 5 older people who are homeless, socially isolated, living in deprivation or in crisis.

Aspen provided the supplies needed for the project and the elderly resident, Jimmy, was absolutely delighted with the hard work and the end result!

The team also participated in a Bumper Raffle during Aspen Active week and raised €600 which will go a long way to helping this wonderful charity in their never ending work with the elderly in Ireland. Employees also donated food & supplies throughout Aspen Active week through the “Buy One More “ Campaign – this asked everyone to simply buy one more item as part of their weekly shop to donate towards “care packages” for the charity A LENDING HAND. This Voluntary group works with the homeless in Dublin City Centre providing hot food, supplies, clothing and a shoulder to lean on and an ear to listen.

A second beneficiary of Mandela Day generosity was the Ronald McDonald House at Our Ladys Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Aspen provided the supplies and labour to prepare and cook a healthy lunch for the families who use the RMC House. This is the second year volunteering at this venue –a truly wonderful initiative that supports out of town families who have hospitalised children.

In a separate project, members of Aspen Ireland’s Finance team supported Cairdeas, an organization that provides food, clothing and bedding to Dublin’s homeless and hungry. Employees donated food, sleeping bags and toiletries throughout July and 9 members of the team took to the streets to hand out these provisions to very grateful recipients.