BIRCHES Vintage and Classic Car Club raised £14,206 for Children’s Services in Northern Ireland Hospice through its seventh annual Big Country Night at the Seagoe Hotel in March 2020.
With the Covid-19 pan-demic forcing the club to temporarily close shortly after the fundraising event, the cheque presentation was deferred until this summer when the club could once again safely reopen.
To date the club has fundraised over £700,000 to help babies and children cared for by Northern Ireland Hospice as well as other local charities.
Commenting on the club’s fundraising efforts, founder John Wilson said: “I saw a need to support local children and their families living with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses.
“Throughout the years I’ve met hospice staff and the families who use NI Hospice services and have seen first-hand the vital lifeline they provide in the community.
“We started fundraising over 22 years ago and al-though Covid-19 restrictions have had an impact on how we fund raise, I’m proud that we are nonetheless able to support local charities and look forward to our future fundraisers.
“At present, it’s unclear whether the next Big Country Night will go ahead in March 2022 due to the current Covid-19 situation. However, we hope to get it up and running again safely at the preferred location of the Seagoe Hotel.”
Mary McCall, Director at Northern Ireland Hospice,
said: “We’re so grateful for the amazing fundraising efforts of Birches Vintage
and Classic Car Club.
“£700,000 is a truly re-markable amount to have fundraised throughout the years and it’s a testament to the dedication of its members, the quality of its fundraising events, and just how beloved the club is
right here in the local com-munity.
“Receiving only partial gov-
ernment support, the charity relies heavily on community fundraising initiatives to ensure the ongoing deliv-
ery of compassionate and
high-quality palliative care
for local babies, infants, children, and their families living with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses.