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Visible Women raise society funding

By Michael Bashford

Visable Women — an event to celebrate and motivate local women — has helped raise money for a local charity which works to improve the quality of life for people with dementia.

More than £1,300 has been donated to the North Down and Ards branch of the Alzheimer's Society, following the now annual Visible Women event staged jointly by Ards and North Down borough councils, to recognise, celebrate and promote the role of women in all walks of life.

More than 200 women attended the event at the end of November to hear Kate Hoey MP give the keynote address, while entertaining, informative and inspirational talks also came from Dr Janet Gray, the 2007 World Disabled Water Ski Champion, Grainia Long, director of the Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland since 2007, and the current chairman of the Institute of Directors, which represents senior decision makers in businesses, Joanne Stuart.

“An important component of the Visible Women conference is the support we give a local charity, both in terms of a donation and through exposure at the event,” said North Down councillor Marion Smith.

“We were delighted to support the North Down and Ards branch of the Alzheimer's Society this year and with over £1,300 raised, we have achieved our best total to date.”

Ards councillor Michelle McIlveen added: “All of the funds raised will be going to our local group which does truly vital work, not just for those affected by dementia, but for their families and carers.”

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