The application deadline for this campaign has now passed.
Sunday Life and Hilton Northern Ireland teamed up with the Foundation and are once again gearing up to give away at least £10,000 to charities big and small throughout Northern Ireland.
Running from Easter Sunday to 22nd April, local charities that provided details of exciting projects for children across Belfast and Northern Ireland had the opportunity to apply for a share of £10,000. The £10,000 was raised by big-hearted staff at Hilton Belfast and Hilton Templepatrick and the Giveaway was aimed at helping those organisations who work hard to improve young lives, often with tight resources.
Now in its 7th year, the Giveaways have seen more than £60,000 donated to 38 different local organisations. Outdoor learning, arts and crafts materials, travel costs, sports equipment, specialist and crisis counselling, therapy and cancer care, refurbishments and resource packs have all be funded through the Giveaway, enabling more than 3,400 young people to benefit directly.
We are delighted to announce the following charities were selected:
Simon Community, Crossroads Caring, Niamh Louise Foundation, SOS Bus NI and Foyle Hospice. Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway. Read more here.
Dozens of applications were received last year for the 2014 giveaway, and six local charities were announced winners at an awards ceremony held at Hilton Belfast. They included St Colmcille’s Pre-School Playgroup in east Belfast, Allergy NI, Dundrum Cross Community Play Group, Carrowdore Early Years and Community Centre in Co Down and Dungannon based Speedwell Trust, a cross community children’s’ charity.
The Blue Houses Community Drop-In Centre in Ballysillan in north Belfast, was awarded £2,000 to help them deal with issues affecting young people in the area while the Northern Ireland Kidney Patient Association (NIKPA) and was delighted to receive £1,200 to help support children who have to come to Belfast three times a week for dialysis as well as those waiting for transplants.
Hilton Area General Manager for Northern Ireland, Mark Walker, explained how the Foundation helps makes a difference to local communities.
He said: “The Foundation as a charity has been going now for years in the UK and Ireland — the Foundation has raised millions of pounds for special and needy projects that have made a real difference to children’s lives”.
“The whole amount has been raised within the hotels, we have a duty as part of our working for Hilton to raise money every year. We try to help small charities where the money can make a real difference, every pound we raise goes straight back into the communities in which we work.”
Sunday Life Editor Martin Breen added: “Sunday Life likes to make a difference in communities across Northern Ireland, that’s why we partner year after year on this event. This initiative enables charities of all sizes to get the funding they deserve to deliver much needed services.”