Belfast Telegraph

Fold fundraising events raise £120,000 for local charities over five years

By Staff Reporter

A series of marathons, tea dances, sponsored walks and car boot sales has helped the Fold Housing Association raise an impressive £120,000 for charity over the past five years.

The figure was revealed as a cheque for £44,000 was presented to this year's nominated corporate charity partner, the Alzheimer's Society.

Fold, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, has committed to a two-year programme of activities and support in aid of the charity.

Donations have also been made to Chest, Heart and Stroke, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Alzheimer's Society.

John McLean, chief executive of Fold Housing Association, said: "It is fantastic to know that our fundraising efforts have resulted in such a significant financial contribution to local charities.

"The partnerships we have formed have had great benefits, not only for the charities, but for our tenants, their families and our staff, who have all played such an important role at each of the hundreds of events we have held during the years.

"Our board, the senior management team and staff at head office, along with our telecare advisors who provide help and support for our personal alarm service, have all undertaken dementia-friendly community training.

"This year we will be increasing the level of activity we aim to do with our charity partner in an attempt to raise even more funds in the future."

Fold manages 6,000 homes across Northern Ireland. With a turnover of £40m, the social enterprise employs 800 people.

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