The Bushmills Inn has raised £6,000 for the Northern Ireland Children to Lapland and Days to Remember Trust. The money will play an instrumental role in the forthcoming trip to Lapland that the charity has organised on Tuesday 17 December 2019 for terminally ill and life limited children.
Discussing the ongoing fundraising effort Alan Walls, Hotel Manager, The Bushmills Inn, says:
“We are thrilled that our fundraising efforts have generated £6,000 so far this year to support the Northern Ireland Children to Lapland and Days to Remember Trust as they fulfil the dreams of terminally ill, life limited and deserving children by taking them to see Santa at his home in Lapland.
“The £6,000 will go towards this year’s trip on Tuesday 17 December 2019. Earlier this year we formalised our association with the charity which stretches back over the last three years. With the support of our generous customers and our own donations we have now raised over £21,700 to help the charity create magical memories that families can treasure forever. It is such a deserving cause and we have more initiatives and events organised to generate even more funds to make the dreams of more children come true.”
Thanking The Bushmills Inn Colin Barkley, Chair, Northern Ireland Children to Lapland and Days to Remember Trust, says:
“This donation is very timely and I want to thank The Bushmills Inn and all their customers for their generosity. On Tuesday 17 December 2019 we will be taking around 100 children who have been nominated by health workers based throughout all of the paediatric departments and hospitals in Northern Ireland to Lapland to visit Santa, on a Tui sponsored flight. They will be accompanied by doctors, nurses and allied health professionals who give up their own time to volunteer to ensure the children can experience a magical time of memories.
“The Bushmills Inn has been supporting the charity for the last three years and they have raised a significant amount, making a huge difference to the lives of deserving, terminally and long-term ill children.”
In Northern Ireland, at any given time, there are approximately 1500 children suffering from a terminal illness or life limiting illness. The charity’s President, broadcaster and journalist Gerry Kelly, encourages people to support ongoing fundraising efforts:
“The charity’s concept is simple … to give ‘terminally ill, life limited and deserving children’ the trip of a lifetime, to meet Santa Claus, at his home in Lapland, in the run up to Christmas. For the past few years we have been able to take the children to Santa Park in Roveniemi, the official hometown of Santa Claus on the Arctic Circle in Lapland in Finland. It is an incredible underground facility which offers just about everything the kids could wish for as well as the space outside for all of the traditional ‘snow fun’ activities.
“The fantastic fun-packed day includes reindeer and husky dog rides; mini skidoo adventures; snow mobile safari; and magic sleigh rides which are all brought in exclusively to the resort for our children. Other highlights include Mrs Claus Gingerbread Bakery; Santa’s office; Ice Gallery; Crossing the Arctic Circle; Angry Birds activity area; elf school and workshop; elves’ post office; and a private meeting with Santa Claus in his grotto! It is truly a magical day.”
The Northern Ireland Children to Lapland and Days to Remember Trust does not receive any government or national funding. It is totally reliant on donations. Trips are made possible by the generosity of many individuals and companies.
For further information on NICLT, or to make a donation to the charity, please visit www.niclt.org