Northgate staff help Prince’s Trust

Pictured at the Prince's Trust Million Makers final awards ceremony are (left to right) Eleanor Lee, Marketing Director with Northgate Managed Services, Arlene Creighton, Private Sector Manager at The Princes Trust, and Rachel Gillespie, Northgate Managed Services. INNT 11-512CON Pic by Simon Graham/Harrisons
Pictured at the Prince's Trust Million Makers final awards ceremony are (left to right) Eleanor Lee, Marketing Director with Northgate Managed Services, Arlene Creighton, Private Sector Manager at The Princes Trust, and Rachel Gillespie, Northgate Managed Services. INNT 11-512CON Pic by Simon Graham/Harrisons

STAFF at Newtownabbey-based IT firm Northgate Managed Services have been thanked for raising almost £11,000 for The Prince’s Trust.

Northgate was among eight of Northern Ireland’s leading companies which between them raised an impressive £130,000 for the Trust through its Million Makers Challenge to help turn around the lives of disadvantaged young people.

With initial seed funding from The Prince’s Trust, the eight finalists competed against each other to run the most profitable mini enterprise over the past six months.

Northgate, Allstate, BNI, Hewlett Packard, Marks and Spencer, Parker Green International, Shredbank and Tughans undertook a wide range of activities including sales from a calendar featuring the Ulster Rugby team, a white collar boxing event, sales of specially commissioned fine art and movie premieres to maximise profits to donate to the charity.

Northgate raised almost £11,000 through a series of activities including a casino night, schools’ football competition and internal staff fundraising.

Speaking at the final awards ceremony, Eleanor Lee, Marketing Director for Northgate said: “We are delighted to have been involved in the Million Makers Challenge which was an ideal opportunity for us to deliver on our corporate social responsibility objectives through employee participation and volunteering. At Northgate we are committed to improving life chances and education for children and young people.”

Ian Jeffers, Director of The Prince’s Trust in Northern Ireland, said the money raised will help make a significant impact on the lives of many disadvantaged young people across the province.