Ramore Restaurants, Portrush, has donated £500 to the Northern Ireland Children to Lapland and Days to Remember Trust (NICLT).
The charity fundraises to fulfil the dreams of terminally ill, life limited and deserving children by taking them to see Santa at his home in Lapland, Finland, creating magical memories that their families can treasure forever.
The charity’s annual flight to Lapland for around 100 children took place every year for 12 years until the pandemic hit in 2020 and restrictions meant it was not feasible for the children or their care teams to travel.
The trip will fortunately recommence this year, with the support of fundraisers, donors, businesses and corporate partners.
Thanking Ramore Restaurants for the generous donation, Willie Gregg and Raymond Pollock, both members of the Northern Ireland Children to Lapland and Days to Remember Trust North Coast Fundraising Committee, said: “We are very grateful for this donation. It will truly make a difference to a child who is living with a condition that makes each day challenging.
“Being told that they’re getting to go and see Santa at his home is like having a dream come true.
“The excitement and anticipation that they experience spreads throughout the entire family circle and support network and creates a positive focal point for everyone.
“It makes a difference, and the happy memories created during the trip are something which can be cherished in difficult days.”
Arnie Boreland, General Manager, Ramore Restaurants, said: “We are delighted to be involved with raising funds for the work of this very special charity.
“Bringing 100 local children who have been nominated by the eight paediatric departments and the NI Children’s Hospice to Lapland to see Santa is a very special thing.
“It has struck a chord with our staff and customers.
“We’ve raised £500 to date to help the charity make the dreams of children come true.”
Northern Ireland Children to Lapland and Days to Remember Trust recently welcomed three new ambassadors to the charity. Former Ulster, Ireland and British and Irish Lions rugby ace Tommy Bowe, Ireland’s number one country singing star Nathan Carter and Northern Ireland women’s football team captain Marissa Callaghan have signed up to be advocates for the charity.
n If you would like to find out more about the Northern Ireland Children to Lapland Trust or to make a donation check out www.niclt.org
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