BUREAU by the Lough is holding a fundraiser for the Children’s Hospice and Give My Head Peace star Ma has encouraged people to join in the charity madness on Thursday, December 13.
It’s not often a celebrity pops in to help with the Christmas decorations but that’s what happened when acting legend Olivia Nash MBE, the iconic ‘Ma’ visited the Whiteabbey bar.
Olivia, who is vice president of the Hospice and was awarded an MBE in 2006 for her fundraising efforts, made the special visit to Bureau By The Lough to help ‘deck the halls’ ahead of its festive quiz.
Fittingly for the television, film, theatre and radio star, Olivia did the honours and put the star on top of the Bureau’s 10ft Christmas tree - no mean feat for the famously petite actor.
As well as providing a ‘sled-load’ of fun, Bureau By The Lough is donating a Santa sack of prizes worth a bumper £200 and Santa himself (owner Damien Curran) will attend to hand out free mulled wine and treats.
The event starts at 9pm and participants are asked for a minimum £3 donation to the Children’s Hospice.
Olivia said: “You must please support this quiz as we need your money critically.
“You’ll also have a lot of fun and be in the most beautiful restaurant surroundings in the world. Thank you.”
Owner Damien Curran added: “In the run-up to Christmas, this event is a chance to recognise the enormous difficulties facing many families and the vital services that the Children’s Hospice provides them, not just at its Newtownabbey headquarters but across Northern Ireland via its palliative care support.
“It’ll be a really festive event - plenty of fun, great prizes, our best ever Christmas lights display, free mulled wine and mince pies and even Santa Claus himself.
“In return, all you need to do is gather some teams together and donate a minimum £3 per person to the Children’s Hospice.”
A film illustrating the vital work of the Children’s Hospice can be viewed at www.nihospice.org.