Statesmen & Local Swimmers Make a Big Splash For Hope For Youth NI
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.
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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.
Message from Swim Chairman
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.
2 New Trustees join Hope for Youth
We are delighted to announce 2 new additions to the board of Trustees.
Eugenia 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 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 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, one of our Trustees and her 'Public Health Agents' ran the Belfast Marathon for Hope for Youth
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Fleet Financial choose Hope for Youth as their Charity Partner for their 20th Year in Business in Northern Ireland
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.
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.
Congratulations to Vicki Caddy who completed her first ever Marathon. She completed her London Marathon in 5hrs 28 mins.
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|Ion Montgomery, Chairman of Hope for Youth NI 2009 – 2014
"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."