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Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Announces Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice and Women’s Aid ABCLN as Nominated Charities

01 July 2021

The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb, has announced Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice and Women’s Aid ABCLN as his two chosen charities for the year ahead.

Councillor Webb said: “I am delighted to be able to lend my support during my term to these very worthwhile causes, both of which provide vital services right here in our Borough. They, like many other charities have suffered financially as a result of the pandemic so I know every penny raised will be hugely appreciated. I hope that together, we will be able to raise much needed funds for these charities, both of which are very close to my heart.”

As part of Northern Ireland Hospice, the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice provides care and support to families from diagnosis to bereavement focusing on physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing.

Heather Weir, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Hospice, said:

“We are very grateful that the Mayor has chosen us as one of his charities for the year and I have no doubt his support will have a significant impact on the lives of children cared for here at the Hospice and those receiving our care at home throughout Northern Ireland.” 

“Clinical excellence and compassion are at the heart of everything we do and the services we offer both at home or in our purpose-built children’s facility, Horizon House, include symptom management, therapeutic short breaks, support for families and care in the last days of life. We do everything we can to ensure families affected by a child’s illness have the support they need to make memories and enjoy special time together in a comfortable clinical environment.”

Over 300 children and young people life-limiting or life-threatening conditions are cared for by the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice currently.

Councillor Webb’s announcement of support throughout his term will help ensure Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice, as the only children’s hospice in Northern Ireland, will receive vital funds needed to continue the provision of essential care to local families.

For more information on the Mayor’s charities visit: www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/mayorscharities