Five thousand thanks from Edgcumbe Gateway Club

15 Jun 2016

Edgcumbe Gateway Club, which provides services and activities for adults with learning disabilities, has benefitted to the tune of over £5,000, thanks to Belfast International Airport and its employees.

The charity was nominated by Sharon McIlveen and her colleague, Sally Pitt, as the first of the airport’s quarterly ‘Drop-Off Zone’ recipients. While Sharon and Sally organised a fundraising quiz and ballot, the airport donated one day’s takings each month from the Drop-Off Zone, bringing the total raised to £5,112.45

The money will be used to enable the 30 members of Edgcumbe Gateway Club to go on outward bound activities, with ten pin bowling, social evenings, café visits and a weekend break all on the agenda. 

Accepting the donation, the largest single donation the club has ever received, Edgcumbe’s Ben McNaughten said, “We have more than 5k reasons to say thanks to the airport and its staff. This is not just a ‘large cheque’ but a large donation which will mean so much to our members.  We are very grateful, indeed, and the money will be used for the direct benefit of our members.”

Belfast International Airport’s Sharon McIlveen was delighted with the outcome of the fundraising at the airport and when presenting the donation commented: “When Sally and I were organising the quiz, we had exceptional assistance from the airport and our colleagues.

“I know that Edgcumbe’s Parents and Friends Group raise money for the club on an on-going basis and to be able to help them in this, is so rewarding.”


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