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Hilton Hotels and Sunday Life team up to give away £10k to children's charities

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People will be giving away cash to deserving kids causes.

Published 28/04/2016

Hilton Hotels area general manager Mark Walker with Simon Sheehan of Hilton Community Foundation.
Hilton Hotels area general manager Mark Walker with Simon Sheehan of Hilton Community Foundation.

Sunday Life and Hilton Northern Ireland have teamed up with the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People to give away £10,000 to children’s charities across the province.

Until Friday, April 29, local charities that help children across Northern Ireland will have the opportunity to apply for a share of £10,000, a sum raised by big-hearted staff at the Hilton Belfast and Hilton Templepatrick hotels.

This unique giveaway is aimed at helping those organisations that work hard to improve young lives, often with tight resources. They are all invited to apply to the Dame Maureen Trust Fund for Young People to win a cash boost.

Dozens of applications were received last year and five local charities were announced as winners at an awards ceremony held at Hilton Belfast.

They were the Niamh Louise Foundation, a Dungannon-based charity which supports those bereaved by suicide; Foyle Hospice; Crossroads Caring, a Newtownards charity which provides respite for young carers; The SOS Bus, which helps young people in Belfast in distress through either drink or drugs and the Simon Community, the leading charity battling homelessness in Northern Ireland.

Thanks to a £2,000 award, Foyle Hospice launched the second phase of a project to help kids cope with the loss of a loved one through its Healing Hearts Bereavement Service. Their Memory Bear workshops allow children to create personalised teddy bears from clothing that belonged to loved ones.

Speaking after receiving the money in last year’s £10,000 giveaway, the hospice’s Michelle Kosky explained: “The money will enable us to facilitate four workshops throughout the year for children that have been bereaved, which will make a difference to 40 children.”

Since 2004, the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People has awarded over £320,000 in Northern Ireland, benefiting more than 6,400 young people locally.

Mark Walker, General Manager of Hilton Belfast, said: “We encourage charities big and small to be in touch for our Spring into Action £10k Giveaway. We are excited to find out about your work and how you are helping young people in our communities.”

Sunday Life editor Martin Breen added: “This initiative enables charities of all sizes to get the funding they deserve to deliver much-needed services. It really is worth applying as thousands of young people have already seen at first hand the benefits that this money can bring.”

To apply, please complete the form available online by Friday April 29 at 5pm at: and submit it to

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