The annual BCM Christmas Eve street collection raised a grand total of £7,526.35 for the life changing work of Belfast Central Mission’s projects across Northern Ireland.

This significant amount represents an increase of 27% on the 2017 total and was raised by 70 volunteer bucket shakers across south and east Belfast, including staff, supporters and stakeholders.

Pictured collecting on Christmas Eve for BCM on the Lisburn Road are Brian Gordon, Hanna Hyland and Reverend Emily Hyland, all of Belfast South Methodist Church.

Providing vital funds for the ongoing delivery of services for all facets of local communities from Belfast to Dungannon, the Christmas Eve collection has been taking place for more than one hundred years.

Celebrating its 130th anniversary in 2019, BCM manages and operates a wide range of social care projects and community services throughout Northern Ireland. These include housing support for both young and old, the ‘Leading Independent Day Nursery in the UK’, and a residential care home in east Belfast with a new £5 million facility being built outside Millisle, Co. Down.

Nicky Conway, Chief Executive of BCM, said;

“We rely on the generosity of the public both at Christmas and throughout the year, and on the support of our dedicated team of volunteers. 

“On behalf of all involved across our projects, I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to those who support the work of BCM and a huge congratulations to our Christmas Eve collectors for raising such a fantastic amount of money.”

For more information on the work of BCM, visit www.belfastcentralmission.org.

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