Discount retailer donation will help local bereaved families

November 21, 2016

A cash injection from retailer B&M Bargains will help a local charity continue to support bereaved families in Ireland.

The discount retailer has donated £20,000 to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust (KBRT) so that they will be able to ease the financial difficulties bereaved families may face when repatriating the bodies of loved ones, who have died abroad in sudden or tragic circumstances, back to Ireland.

KBRT have now repatriated over 230 loved ones to their families in Ireland from countries worldwide such as Australia, Argentina, South Korea, USA, Ecuador, Cambodia, to name just a few.

The trust was set up following the death of Kevin Bell, who tragically died at the age of 26 in New York in June 2013.

Kevin’s father, Colin Bell, said: “I am overwhelmed with the generosity of B&M, the money will be used to help other families who suffered the same tragedy that we did.

“The cost of repatriation varies from country to country and can be quite costly, this very generous donation from B&M will ensure that we are able to continue our work helping bereaved families.”

The funds were raised from carrier bag charges in local stores throughout Northern Ireland. Since the mandatory carrier bag charging was introduced in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland last year, B&M stores across the country have raised more than £650,000 in total.

B&M Area Manager, Tim Downey, said: “My team chose the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust because the outstanding work they do needs recognising and rewarding.

“It can be extremely costly trying to get deceased bodies back to their families and it can be extra stress for loved ones at such a sad time, so it is great to know that the money local shoppers spent on carrier bags in our stores will go towards helping the financial pressures local families may face.”