FAI / Boots initiative comes to successful end

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FAI / Boots initiative comes to successful end

An initiative to help vulnerable patients during the COVID-19 lockdown saw the Football Association of Ireland and Boots work together to serve local communities.
3rd Jul 2020

The partnership saw FAI Development Officers collect medicines from Boots stores to deliver to vulnerable patients who were cocooned at home.

With 34 stores involved nationwide, the first delivery was made on April 22nd and the final drop off was made on June 26th.

Supported by Republic of Ireland WNT captain & Boots Ambassador Katie McCabe, the initiative proved to be a huge success as community development continued even when the football was on hold.

FAI Interim CEO Gary Owens said: “On behalf of the Football Association of Ireland, I want to thank our Development Officers and Boots Ireland for seeing this brilliant initiative through from start to end with such enthusiasm, professionalism and care.

"COVID-19 has presented so many challenges to society and to see our Development Officers help so many vulnerable patients in communities via this Boots Ireland programme is tremendous. Our gratitude goes to all involved.”

Caoimhe McAuley, Boots Ireland Director of Pharmacy, said: "The COVID-19 pandemic has had such an impact on the day-to-day lives of so many and has been challenging to all.

"This programme has been beneficial to those in lockdown who simply could not get out to collect their prescriptions. The FAI Development Officers have seamlessly integrated into our local stores, supporting to provide this very important service. This program transcends traditional partnerships and demonstrates the amazing community spirit in Ireland."