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Sunday Life and Hilton Hotels NI gear up for annual £10,000 charity giveaway

By Tony Allen

Published 14/04/2015

Mark Walker of Hilton Hotels NI, Dame Maureen Thomas, Sunday Life editor Martin Breen and Simon Sheehan is the Director of the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People.
Mark Walker of Hilton Hotels NI, Dame Maureen Thomas, Sunday Life editor Martin Breen and Simon Sheehan is the Director of the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People.

Sunday Life and Hilton Northern Ireland are once again gearing up to give away at least £10,000 to charities throughout Northern Ireland.

Charities which can provide details of exciting projects for children who are in need of funding are invited to apply to the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People to win a cash boost from a charity pot that Hilton Northern Ireland has set aside to fund special funding initiatives for children in the areas of education and health.

The £10,000 has been raised by big-hearted staff at Hilton Belfast and Hilton Templepatrick and the giveaway is aimed at helping organisations who work hard to improve lives.

Dozens of applications were received last year 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.

The Blue Houses Community Drop-In Centre in Ballysillan in north Belfast was awarded £2,000 by Hilton while the Northern Ireland Kidney Patient Association (NIKPA) was delighted to receive £1,200.

Hilton area general manager for Northern Ireland, Mark Walker, explained how the money raised by the foundation helps make a difference.

"The foundation as a charity within Hilton has been going now for 15 years and has raised over £10m. We try to help smaller 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 to get the funding they deserve to deliver much-needed services."

Fill out an application form at dmthomasfoundation.org or contact Lynne Robinson at 028 94435500 or by email at lynne.robinson@hilton.com.

Please be as specific as possible about what the money will be used for and in what ways young people will benefit.

Closing date is 5pm on April 22

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