Nestlé’s employees in Ireland have committed to raise €70,000 for Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) in a new two year staff Charity of the Year partnership.

The partnership will involve over 700 employees from Nestlé Ireland, Citywest and Nestlé’s Wyeth Nutrition infant formula plant in Askeaton, Co. Limerick, raising funds to benefit the services and supports provided by DSI for those with Down syndrome and their families.

DSI supports over 3,500 members across Ireland through its specialist services in healthcare, education, early development, speech and language therapy and independence.

These funds will go towards a new multi-sensory and family room in Down Syndrome Ireland’s national support office in Ballymount, Dublin. This will provide a drop-in respite space available for family members and an area to relax when visiting Dublin for hospital appointments. The funds will also contribute to services such as the Home Teacher Programme, Speech & Language Therapy and New Parent Support in the Limerick branch.

Andrew Shaw, Country Manager, Nestlé Ireland said: “Our staff voted for Down Syndrome Ireland as their staff charity of the year due to the essential support services it provides to enhance the lives of people with Down syndrome. We are proud to support the essential work carried out by this charity to improve and enrich the lives of its members across Ireland.”

TThrough Nestlé’s Charity of the Year initiative, it has partnered with a number of Irish charities including Irish Autism Action and the Jack and Jill Foundation in recent years. Cumulatively, staff have raised over €500,000 to benefit Irish charities since 2010.

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