Cork pharmacist with a reputation for helping vulnerable people in the community is mounting a major charity operation this Christmas. Nigel Moloney, who operates Carrigaline CarePlus Pharmacy is distributing over 500 care packs for men and women in need.

The packages containing a range of toiletries will be handed over to Cork Simon Community, Good Shepherd Cork and the Society of St Vincent dePaul in Cork city and county in the coming days. They will then be distributed to the people who need them, in accordance with public health requirements.

Nigel appointed one of his staff, Susan Cadden as Ireland’s first-ever Street Medicine Outreach Pharmacist in the summer of 2019, in an effort to help with the medical needs of the homeless and those living in emergency accommodation. He says his team is always keen to help people going through a tough time at Christmas: Weve been making Christmas charity donations for years but this is the first time weve organised a proper operation. Were conscious too that many businesses wont be in a position to make donations in 2020 so we wanted to go a little bit further in whats been such a tough year for many”.

Tracey Johnston from Cork Simon Community says: This is a wonderful, welcome effort from Nigel and the CarePlus Pharmacy teams. We know his staff and they have a great understanding of our clientsneeds built up from working with them for several years now. Donating these care packs is a really lovely gesture that will be much appreciated by the people we work with. Its been a challenging year for everyone, and we really appreciate how Cork Simon (and other homeless services), and especially everyone turning to us for help every day, remain in the hearts and minds of our generous supporters.  This is so important to us given that according to Government figures, there were 402 adults in emergency accommodation here in Cork during the last week of October – a 7% increase in three months”.

Donna Scully, SVP Homeless Services Team Leader says This is a truly welcome gesture from CarePlus Pharmacy, Nigel and his team. Were looking forward to distributing the packs to the people were working with on Christmas morning. Theyve had such a tough year in 2020 and really appreciate all the support they can get”

Cork-based firm Solvotrin have also donated several hundred packs of their multivitamin product Active Iron to help Nigel’s Christmas campaign.

Director of Retail Operations at CarePlus Pharmacy’s parent, the Navi Group Sarah Collins says: Our CarePlus Pharmacy team is really proud of Nigel and his staff for going the extra mile to help the community at this time of year. For me, the project embodies the importance of community pharmacy in action, which is at the heart of the CarePlus Pharmacy mission”.