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Accountants raise £16,000 for children

Ulster's Chartered Accountants have given children's charities a boost by presenting hundreds of toys to the Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul Christmas Toy Appeal.

Chartered Accountants Ulster Society also raised £8,000 for the Friends of the Cancer Centre Charity. The total will be doubled to £16,000 by the event sponsor Barclays.

The toys and funds were collected at the society's Christmas charity lunch at the Europa Hotel on December 9, attended by 485 chartered accountants.

Dawn Johnston, chairperson of Chartered Accountants Ulster Society, said: "Our charity lunch is a fantastic opportunity to make Christmas brighter for thousands of children and families across Northern Ireland.

"Chartered accountants from the Ulster Society have come together to raise money and collect toys which will make a big difference to our children.

"The charity lunch is always one of our busiest and most enjoyable events and it's especially important at this time of year that we can put a bit of sparkle into Christmas for local kids.

"We're especially pleased that through the support of Barclays we have been able to make this a bumper year.

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"The money raised and toys collected will make a big difference to local children."

John Mathers, corporate development director of Barclays, said: "Barclays is delighted to, once again, sponsor the Chartered Accountants Ulster Society charity Christmas lunch.

"The lunch is one of the first events to kick off the Christmas season and, given the time of the year, it is a great opportunity for the business sector to give back to the community."