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Simon NI receives another big pay out

Simon NI receives another big pay out

The Simon Community Northern has received another big pay out from construction company Northstone as part of its Safety Challenge fundraising initiative.

Northstone handed over a cheque for £188,428 to the homelessness charity, making a total of £369,000 donated so far.

The Northstone Group is part of CRH, Ireland’s largest company. It launched its Simon Safety Challenge in July 2007 as a way of further encouraging and raising awareness among its workforce to undertake their duties as safely as possible. In doing so the Simon Community NI benefited from the company’s contract sites and work locations remaining accident free.

The money donated from Northstone in 2008 enabled Simon Community to furnish a 15 bed temporary accommodation project.

The Safety Challenge operates throughout Ireland with local Simon Communities in the Republic of Ireland receiving significant support over the last two years. The monetary contribution from CRH to the Simon Communities around Ireland in the first two years of the CRH Simon Safety Challenge is 1.62 million euros.

www.simoncommunity.org

Paul Artherton has a BA (Hons) Degree from Queen’s University and a MA Degree in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University. He has worked in PR and fundraising for over 27 years. Previously assistant director for fundraising and public relations at the Simon Community Northern Ireland for seven years, for the last 17 years he has run his own fundraising consultancy business specialising in fundraising, sponsorship, public relations and recruitment. His clients have included charities, private sector and public bodies. Examples include the Ulster Cancer Foundation, Simon Communities of Ireland, NI Hospice, North and West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust, Aiken Promotions, the Industrial Development Board and the Ulster Museum. He has lectured on voluntary sector management at Queens University Belfast Institute for Continuing Education. Since 2010 Paul has been a lay member of the NI Charity Tribunal.

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