Belfast Telegraph

Hilton NI and Sunday Life team up for £10,000 Christmas charity giveaway

Festive cash bonanza to be awarded to kids' charities through the DM Thomas Foundation.

By Sarah Henderson

How’s this for a cracking Christmas giveaway?

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 for Christmas.

The cash, aimed at helping those organisations that work hard to improve young lives, often with tight resources, has been raised by big-hearted staff at Hilton Belfast and Hilton Templepatrick through running various events throughout the year.

Since 2004, the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People has awarded over £330,000 in 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 cash giveaway, enabling more than 6,400 young people to benefit.

A number of local charities have benefited over the last year including the NI Children’s Hospice, Huntington’s Disease Association, Children’s Heartbeat Trust, Women’s Aid Antrim and the Harry Gregg Foundation.

Mark Walker, general manager of Hilton Belfast, said: “We encourage charities big and small to get in touch for a slice of our Christmas Cracker £10,000 giveaway. We are eager to find out about your work and how you are helping young people in our communities across the province.”

Sunday Life editor Martin Breen added: “Sunday Life has always been at the heart of the local community and, thanks to Hilton Northern Ireland and the DM Thomas Foundation, this money will help young people.

“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.”

You have until December 2 to apply for funding. Fill out an application form, available online at

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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