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Miss Northern Ireland among thousands to kickstart Big Coffee Break campaign for NI Hospice

By Valerie Edwards

Published 01/10/2015

(L-R) Miss NI Leanne McDowell, Alison Clarke and Meagan Greene at this mornings Big Coffee Break held at the offices of ACA Models on the Beersbridge Road. (Simon Graham/Harrison Photography)
(L-R) Miss NI Leanne McDowell, Alison Clarke and Meagan Greene at this mornings Big Coffee Break held at the offices of ACA Models on the Beersbridge Road. (Simon Graham/Harrison Photography)
Miss NI Leanne McDowell at today's Big Coffee Break kickoff held at the offices of ACA Models on Beersbridge Road. All proceeds will go towards the Northern Ireland Hospice. (Simon Graham/Harrison Photography)
Russell Bailie of Bailies Coffee and Joanna of NI Hospice at the Big Coffee Break kickoff. (Simon Graham/Harrison Photography)
Alison Clarke (L) and Zoe Salmon (R) at the Big Coffee Break kickoff. (Simon Graham/Harrison Photography)

It was all glitz, glamour, and coffee at Alison Clarke's ACA Modelling Agency as Miss Northern Irelands past and present gathered in support of the NI Hospice.

This event along with several others around Belfast today helped raise funds for equipment in the new dementia-friendly Hospice set to open in Spring 2016.

The event, which was open to the public, also attracted Miss Northern Ireland Leanne McDowell and former winners Meagan Green, Zoe Salmon, Catherine Milligan, Lori Moore, and Angela McCarthy.

This year's Big Coffee Break is the first that NI has organised in association with local coffee company, Bailies, who have supplied more than 1,500 bags of coffee to more than 350 coffee hosts.

Last year's event almost raised £75,000 and this year's donations will go towards the new NI Adult Hospice in Belfast.

Although the event kicked off today, businesses, organisations, families and friends will be able to host their own coffee breaks until the end of December.

Errigle Inn, H&J Martin and Hollys Coffee Company also held their coffee break today.

To join in you can register your details here.

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