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Our newest Trustee

Henrietta ReadeHenrietta Reade was born, brought up and schooled in North Antrim and went on to study languages at Bristol University. After a few years in London with the Walt Disney Company, she returned to Northern Ireland with husband David, and has lived near Ballyclare for the last 28 years, raising three children, and restoring a derelict house and yard. Breckenhill opened in 2006 and the barn is now a successful wedding and outdoor activity venue, also hosting corporate and charity events. Henrietta hopes her experience in event organisation and management will benefit the charity.

Judy Lindsay, retires as Trustee of Hope for Youth

Judy LindsayIn 1982 my mother-in-law, Lesley Lindsay asked if I would join her as a Trustee for The Women Caring Trust. It was at a critical time of the Troubles in NI and I was very anxious to do something of significance to help the dead lock between the 2 communities. My mother-in-law had become very friendly with a wonderful nun, Sister Bernadette on the Falls road, who was doing a lot of work with children suffering from terrifying incidents involving paramilitaries and army clashes. Bernadette offered play areas and coffee for the mothers. She went out into the communities at all times day and night to see if she could help those in trouble. Lesley and I regularly accompanied her.

My mother-in-law and Pasty Fisher, the wife of Nigel Fisher the MP, had formed the charity 10 years before and were very much hands on which luckily made them able to hand over cheques to the relevant people as soon as possible to alleviate some of the hardship caused. Lesley also became friendly with Mr Sydney Stewart, the director of Voluntary Services and he was able to make sure any money raised was placed in the right hands. Sydney helped us start the Play buses. These were old London buses which had their stairs converted with a slide from top to bottom, books and toys. They travelled between both communities and were a life line for children in deprived areas. It was a terrible time for NI but also a very interesting opportunity for me to see just how difficult life was for so many people.

The Trustees formed a committee of people on the ground all over NI who visited community groups and on their recommendation the charity gave out grants. These were of necessity not huge but because of our reputation, other much larger charities also gave money. We called them “A Leg up & not a hand out “. Through Patsy’s connection with the Houses of Parliament, we were able to start raising money in London with the Swim. I became the chairman for a number of years. In that time we managed to raise approximately £1m. We were helped enormously with our sponsorship by Stephen Rubin at Speedo. This money enabled community centres to open up all over N.I. Their criteria was to be cross community but of course this was quite impossible in some areas, but looking back these centres made a huge difference to a lot of very frightened children.

The end of the troubles has seen a significant switch in emphasis. We wanted to maintain our former cross community work and we needed to update our profile which was no longer as relevant. Hence the name change to Hope for Youth and the switch to supporting youth through the arts, music & sport. I am certain that I am retiring leaving the charity in very safe hands but still able to address the underlying community differences.

Statesmen & Local Swimmers Make a Big Splash For Hope For Youth NI

Winning Team 2015 - House Of Commons

Key political figures recently cast aside politics to participate in the prestigious Hope For Youth Northern Ireland Speedo Charity Swim Gala Dinner in London’s Porchester Hall. Now in its 27th year, the swim included famous faces like Ian Paisley Jr and Kirsty Blackman MP alongside world-class swimmers including Keri-Anne Payne, Michael Jamieson and Dan Bullock, who donned their Speedos to take part in the gala event pitting swimmers from the House of Commons against the House of Lords. Also participating were two swimmers from the City of Belfast Swimming Club, Iain Chisholm and Eimear Brown, who swam as part of the all-stars relay teams.

Following the swim and award presentations by the charity’s chief patron HRH The Duchess of Gloucester, guests were treated to a top notch dinner including locally-grown beef from O’Doherty’s Fine Meats, Enniskillen and wine from Concha y Tora with entertainment by The X Factor’s Jay James and The American Four Tops and auction by Tom Best of world-renowned Christie’s.

Sponsored by swimwear giant Speedo, the biennial event raised over £50,000 for Hope For Youth NI, which helps to fund cross-community groups in Northern Ireland that will enhance the lives of young people aged 11-18.

View Swim Photo Gallery

FinTrU Belfast Visit

Hope For Youth - FinTrU Belfast Visit

On Friday August 28th two of our trustees, Miriam McCarthy and Noel Lamb, visited FinTrU in Belfast. This recently established company provides outsourcing for financial services clients in a range of areas and has adopted Hope for Youth as its principal charity. Employees contribute on dress down Fridays and these funds go to the benefit of Hope for Youth and our many projects. Noel and Miriam were met by Stephen Shaw, the head of Belfast operations, who has invited Hope for Youth back before year end to discuss the scope and nature of all our activities to FinTrU employees.

2 New Trustees join Hope for Youth
We are delighted to announce 2 new additions to the board of Trustees.


Eugenia Dunn
Eugenia DunnEugenia is a London-based employment lawyer, practicing "in-house" for a FTSE 100 company. Eugenia has strong links to Hope for Youth and Northern Ireland. She has been involved in all of the House of Lords -v- House of Common swim events in recent years, and has even done a few lengths of the Porchester Hall pool when needed!

Tom Chambré
Tom ChambréTom was born in Lisburn and grew up in Northern Ireland. His parents, older brother and sister and their families and many friends are still there, so he has a strong love and connection of the place and visits regularly with his wife and three young boys. Tom now lives near Dorking in Surrey and he runs a residential lettings and property management company in central London – www.chambrepm.com. Tom has supported the Hope for Youth biennial swim ball in London since 2003 and he is delighted to extend and continue to support the great work that Hope for Youth is involved with by becoming a Trustee.”

FinTrU choose Hope for Youth as their nominated charity for 2015

FinTrU and Hope for Youth

FinTrU are a London-based company, who provide outsourcing for financial services clients from their near-shore Centre of Excellence in Belfast.

They recently entered two teams in the Belfast Marathon and raised much needed funds for Hope for Youth.

Miriam McCarthy & 'Public Health Agents'

Miriam McCarthy and her Public Health Agents

Miriam McCarthy, one of our Trustees and her 'Public Health Agents' ran the Belfast Marathon for Hope for Youth


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News update for 2016

Fleet Financial choose Hope for Youth as their Charity Partner for their 20th Year in Business in Northern Ireland

Fleet Financial

We are delighted to announce that Fleet Financial have chosen Hope for Youth as their Charity Partner as part of their 20th Anniversary celebrations. At the heart of celebrating their 20 year business milestone, will be a stunning Gala Ball in association with Hope for Youth, to be held at The Culloden Hotel on Friday 22 April. For more information about the event please contact 028 9084 9777.

Launched in February 1996, Fleet Financial www.fleetfinancial.co.uk specialises in contract hire and vehicle management to businesses and organisations. They have offices in Newtownabbey and Manchester and are part of Northern Ireland’s largest car retailer, Charles Hurst Group. They are officially Northern Ireland’s Best Fleet Provider following consecutive award wins at the Business Eye Fleet Awards in 2014 and 2015 and the firm is also the highest-ranking Northern Ireland fleet company.



2015 Swim. Thoughts of new swim committee member - Christopher McCorkell

Christopher McCorkell Prior to joining the Swim Committee, I had come across Hope for Youth before, and had also heard about the infamous House of Lords vs House of Commons swim, however I had never really understood what projects the charity actually undertook. My experience on the Swim Committee was not only a lot of fun, under the excellent guidance of our Swim Committee Chairman, but, more importantly, it opened my eyes to the fantastic work that the charity does in promoting cross community projects throughout the Province we call home. The money raised by the fundraising events, like the charity swim, really does make a difference to local communities and it was rewarding to see that the grants provided have a lasting impact.

The event itself was very enjoyable and a great success, which was underpinned by the impressive list of competitors and supporters. The increasing importance of social media meant that the net of interaction was cast wider this time and the coverage received on both these platforms and more traditional ones was fantastic. On behalf of the Swim Committee, it leaves me to thank everyone involved in the swim especially Speedo. The swim couldn't happen without the generous and long-standing, loyal support of Speedo, the event's principal sponsor and we thank everyone for all their efforts in helping create such a successful event and look forward to seeing the benefits of the funds raised.


Hope for Youth (formerly Women Caring Trust) aims to help fund cross-community projects that give disadvantaged young people in Northern Ireland the opportunity to work together on practical projects that foster teamwork, creativity and personal development, especially within the arts or in the great outdoors.

The work of the trust is as vital today as it was when we were founded in 1972. By focusing on cross-community activity that fosters team work and youth development, we aim to help young people from different communities work together for a better future for Northern Ireland. Your support can help young people build bridges for peace, so please get involved or donate what you can.

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Message from Swim Chairman

Hope For Youth - Swim Committee

The first full swim committee sat last night in Grosvenor Street, London and was a huge success. On one of the hottest days of the year and despite being in a basement board room we successfully kicked off what is going to be a very exciting event in November.

Chaired by Viscount Crichton (Trustee), John John was joined by Noel Lamb Esq (Chairman of the Trustees), Miss Eugenia Dunn(Trustee) who's father Hubert is our president, Tom Chambre Esq (Trustee), Christopher McCorkell Esq, Oliver Renwick Esq and Leo Callow Esq who runs the events for the charity.

The meeting included a detailed a report from Leo Callow who has organised the last two swims in London and was on hand to tell the committee of what was needed to put the swim together.

John John then confirmed the roles of the committee and their responsibilities.

Vicki Caddy - Supporting Hope for Youth Congratulations
Congratulations to Vicki Caddy who completed her first ever Marathon. She completed her London Marathon in 5hrs 28 mins.

View Vicki Caddy's Marathon fundraising page
Ion Montgomery, Chairman of Hope for Youth NI 2009 – 2014

Ion Montgomery"Being asked to become Chairman of the Charity in March 2009 came as a complete surprise as I had no previous experience in charity work. My 50 years in commerce started with an agricultural posting in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) working for Gallaher Ltd for two years. Then followed some 50 years in commerce ending with my retirement in 2006.

I was fully retired when Judy Lindsay, the then Chair of the Charity, asked me to take over from her, which had been agreed by Hubert Dunn, the President of the Charity. I accepted.

By 2009 the recession was starting to bite in earnest making fund-raising difficult. However, Judy had left the Charity in sound financial health and over the years had put together a loyal band of trustees. Together we made two important decisions, firstly to change the name of the Charity from Women Caring Trust to its’ current Hope for Youth (N.I.) which we considered was more in line with our objectives towards assisting young folk in N. Ireland. The second decision was to contract a Public Relations Company, Cherton Ltd, to administer our finances and to professionally run fund-raising activities. The success of our recent events in Belfast and London are good examples of how the Charity has moved forward in the past few years. This has allowed the Charity to distribute funds to worthy projects assisting the youth of N.Ireland on a regular basis.

The highlight of my time as Chairman is seeing our earlier work bearing fruit. It is also most pleasing to see younger Trustees joining our Charity. The future will be in their hands and this gives me great satisfaction."
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