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Children's charities across Northern Ireland invited to apply for share of £15,000 giveaway

By Staff Reporter

The Belfast Telegraph, Sunday Life and Hilton Northern Ireland have teamed up with the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People to give away £15,000 to children's charities across the province.

Running until Monday, May 14, local charities which help children will have the opportunity to apply for a share of the £15,000 Spring Giveaway.

The cash has been raised by big-hearted staff at Hilton Belfast and Hilton Templepatrick through various events over the last year including an annual charity golf day.

The giveaway is aimed at helping those organisations, often with tight resources, that work hard to improve young lives from all parts of the community.

Since 2004 the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People has awarded £354,000 across Northern Ireland.

Outdoor learning, arts and crafts materials, travel costs, sports equipment, specialist and crisis counselling, therapy and cancer care, refurbishments and resource packs have all been funded through the giveaway, enabling more than 39,000 young people to benefit.

A number of local charities have benefited over the last year including, Angel Eyes NI, Kilcooley Women's Centre, Belfast Deaf United FC and RVH '2Kare' Trust.

Mark Walker, general manager of Hilton Northern Ireland, said: "We encourage charities big and small to get in touch for a slice of our Spring £15k Giveaway.

"We are excited to find out about your work and how you are helping young people in our communities across the province."

Speaking after Hands that Talk received an award last year, trustee Dorothy Hegarty said: "This money will make a huge difference to the lives of so many deaf and hard of hearing children and their families within the local area and throughout the north west."

Belfast Telegraph editor Gail Walker said: "This initiative enables charities of all sizes to apply for a slice of the funding to deliver much-needed services.

"Thousands of young people have already seen at first hand the benefit the money can bring."

To enter, you need to fill out an application form, available online at where you can find full terms and conditions. Please be as specific as possible about what the money will be used for and in what ways young people will benefit. All registered charities and accountable good causes will be considered.

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