Joyce’s Supermarkets partners with Croí to raise awareness about heart disease

This partnership aims to raise awareness and funds for Croí’s Heartlink West helpline.

Joyce’s Supermarkets is delighted to be teaming up with Croí, a registered charity dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke, in support of its work in the West of Ireland. The partnership and instore fundraiser kicked off on World Heart Day on the 29th September and will be running until World Stroke Day on the 29th October. Customers will be able to donate directly via bucket donations at till points.

In addition to this, information posters containing key information about Croí’s dedicated heart and stroke helpline, Heartlink West, will be displayed in ten Joyce’s stores across Co.Galway, which will also include a QR code for customers to donate online.

Croí’s mission is to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery and wellbeing. In 2020, the charity launched Heartlink West, a free support service for people living with, or affected by, heart disease and stroke. The service was launched following an increase in support requests as a result of the pandemic.

Through Heartlink West, the Croí Health Team offer weekly virtual chats on a range of topics with expert presenters. The public can also call the free support line for one to one advice with a cardiac nurse specialist. The Croí team is available Monday to Friday from 9:00am – 5:30pm by phone on 091 544310 or email healthteam@croi.ie.

Aisling Joyce, Director of Operations for Joyce’s Supermarkets, said: “Joyce’s Supermarkets is proud to partner with Croí for the coming weeks to support their work and to raise awareness amongst our customer base of the Heartlink West online service, a vital service for people in the West of Ireland. Over the coming weeks, our customers will be able to support Croí by donating in store and to learn more about its work in the region through our digital platforms.”

Christine Flanagan, Director of Fundraising for Croí, said: “Throughout the pandemic, our Heartlink West support service has been a lifeline for people living with, or affected by, heart disease or stoke in the West of Ireland. We are so grateful to Joyces’s Supermarkets and Joyce’s customers for their fundraising support as it helps Croí to continue to provide these vital services for free.”

There are many different heart conditions or heart problems in today’s world that collectively fall under heart disease. 15 million people worldwide suffer a stroke every year, with nearly 6 million dying and another 5 million left permanently disabled. Stroke is the second leading cause of death in people above the age of 60, and the fifth leading cause of death in people aged 15 to 59 years old.

Learn more about Croí’s Heartlink West service here.

Pictured are Joyce's employees: Rory Hennelly; Cian Duane; Barbara Toher; and Floor Manager, Margaret Keady