NEWTOWNABBEY girl Claire Griffith recently celebrated her 18th birthday by holding a ‘Stage and Screen’ themed fancy dress party in Whiteabbey Methodist Church.
And not only did guests get to enjoy games, line dancing and music, they also helped to raise the fantastic sum of £290 for the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice as Claire kindly requested donations instead of birthday gifts.
“As I thought I was likely to receive gifts of perfume, jewellery or make-up that I didn’t actually need, I chose to host the party as a fundraiser,” Claire explained. “The Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice is a local charity which I wanted to help, as their work is so important and valuable to many families in Northern Ireland. It was lovely to celebrate my birthday knowing that the money raised will make a real difference to local children and their families.”
Sharon Gorman, Donor Officer added: “We were delighted to learn that Claire had raised £290 from her 18th birthday as this donation will enable us to fund three nights of care for a child at home. Giving in Celebration is a unique and meaningful way of supporting the work of Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice if you are celebrating something special such as a wedding, a milestone birthday, an anniversary, a christening, a confirmation or a retirement. Not only could you could make a real difference to the lives of over 250 local children and young people in our care, but many of our supporters have told us how special it feels to give in this way.”
Northern Ireland Hospice has a wide range of wedding favours, gift cards and donation envelopes which can be individually designed for special occasions. Anyone interested in supporting the charity in this way should telephone 028 9078 1836 or log on to www.nihospice.org for more information.