applegreen corporate philanthropy award

From left: Applegreen’s COO Joe Barrett, CEO Bob Etchingham and Head of Charity Adrian Gifney with Tina Roche, CEO of the Community Foundation for Ireland.

Applegreen has won the Corporate Philanthropist of the Year award in its native Ireland for donating more than €1m to a number of children’s charities.

The forecourt operator picked up the award at the ninth annual Philanthropist of the Year Awards at a ceremony in Dublin on Wednesday.

Since 2009, Applegreen has donated €1.8m to charities raised through its charitable fund - which the company contributes 1c to every time a customer makes a purchase at any of its 133 sites in Ireland.

“We are thrilled to win this accolade and I share this with all Applegreen staff, in all our sites across Ireland and at our head office,” said Applegreen CEO Bob Etchingham.

“Applegreen’s commitment to charity connects all of the people in our organisation, from till operator to head office, and from company to customer, we all get involved. Our €1.8m fundraising achievement to date is our way of giving back and saying ‘thank you’ to our loyal customers.”

Applegreen said its charitable focus for 2016/2017 was on supporting Ireland’s children, with raised funds going to Barnardos, Debra and ISPCC.

“The funds raised by Applegreen staff and customers will have a life-changing impact on the children and families we work with”, said CEO of Barnardos Fergus Finlay.