North Down Alliance MLA Andrew Muir seized the opportunity to use his Spend Local pre-paid card to not only support the local High Street but also to help a local charity provide resources to the most vulnerable in society. The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal will be the recipient of his purchase of £100 worth of toys which will then be distributed to families who are struggling.
Mr Muir said: “I went shopping, card in hand to Stewart Miller in Holywood and released my 'inner child' by choosing a range of toys which I will be dropping off to Bangor Salvation Army for their Christmas Present Appeal. This annual campaign invites donations of new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children who might not otherwise receive a Christmas present. A win win situation providing a fantastic opportunity to support our local high street businesses and to help charities provide resources and goods to the most vulnerable in society. I have found it particularly heart-warming that we have heard from so many local constituents who are planning to use their cards for donation purposes however not everyone will be in this position and it's important that people do so only if they can and that any purchases made are something that a charity needs.
I was delighted to hear that the High Street Voucher Scheme deadline for spending has been extended by two weeks until December 14 which will maximise the benefit not only to individuals but to our local businesses - there's lots of choice whether its retail, hospitality and service sectors or donating to charity but the important message is that everyone spends the full £100 of their Spend Local card.”