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Ulster staff raise almost £30,000 for hospice

Uslter HospiceEmployees of Ulster Carpets have raised almost £30,000 for Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.

Over the past three years staff have raised funds through taking part in marathons, hosting bacon butty mornings, stew and dessert days. Each Christmas employees ran a raffle and vending machine promotions and raised £28,246 for the hospice.

‘This incredible donation from the employees of Ulster Carpets is fantastic to receive. It is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication by the team with people from right across the entire organisation involved in a range of fundraising and volunteering activities. Receiving such a significant donation is amazing and will make a big difference in our ability to care for children and young people with a life-limiting illness,’ says Jonathan Lamberton, Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice corporate engagement executive.

In 2017/2018 Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice delivered care to 337 children and provided 2,000 nights of care for children and families. Hospice care is free to families, however, its costs around £4 million each year to provide. With limited government funding, each year the Newtownabbey hospice relies on the support of local community and businesses to help raise as much money as possible for this invaluable cause.

‘We are delighted to present Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice with this cheque that the employees from Ulster Carpets have raised, I know that the funding will be a tremendous help to all of the staff and services that are providing daily care for all of the children at Horizon House and in the community,’ says Nick Coburn, Ulster Carpets group md.