BELFAST-based debt strategists, Bell & Company, are set to put their staff through their paces with a new fundraising event in aid of NSPCC Northern Ireland.
The event, the Power of 4, which takes place on Wednesday, September 23 to Friday, September 25, will see four staff members run and yomp four miles every four hours including through the night to help raise funds for NSPCC’s Childline service, helping children and young people right across Northern Ireland.
One of the runners taking part in the event, marketing executive Domilia Timonyte, 22, from Killylea, Co Armagh, said: “We hold NSPCC Northern Ireland very close to our hearts here at Bell & Company. Not only is the work that they do for vulnerable children and young adults amazing but also selfless.
“It’s time to get out and give back in the hope of raising much-needed funds for children and young adults throughout Northern Ireland.”
Marketing manager Noel O’Hare, 29, from Kilcoo, Co Down, who is also participating in the challenge, said: “For over four years now, I have been involved closely with the NSPCC Northern Ireland and many fundraising efforts. I am particularly keen to undertake this challenge now the impact of the global pandemic is affecting such a charity I have grown to love and support.
“This is why I am completing the Power of 4 challenge; we need to band together and support amazing charities in these tough times.”
Another participant, practice manager Ionagh McEvoy, 29, said: “Charities will find it extremely difficult to raise much-needed funds at this time and therefore I am delighted to take part in this challenge and raise money for such an unbelievable cause.”
Bell & Company chairman Terry Bell said: “At Bell & Company, we are inventive with our work for our clients and inventive when we look at how we can raise money for the most deserving of all charities – NSPCC NI. We know these are difficult financial times, but that’s exactly when the most vulnerable children in society need us.”
Bell & Company, based in the Scottish Provident Building, Donegal Square West, pride themselves on offering independent professional insolvency advice. They have been supporters of NSPCC Northern Ireland since 2016.
Joanne McMaster, Supporter Fundraising Manager for Northern Ireland, said: “We are really looking forward to this wonderful event and appreciate the fantastic support of Bell & Company, which is needed now more than ever.
“The shockwaves of the coronavirus pandemic are being felt across Northern Ireland. This has been a difficult time for every one of us. But, through it all, many children have been the hidden victims – suffering abuse and neglect at home, increased risk online, or further pressures on their mental health. It’s time for us to all work together – to rebuild our society so it’s better for our children, to continue to adapt how we work on the frontline of child protection and to go further. No child should be left to cope alone.”
Childline, which is run by the NSPCC, provides a safe, confidential place for children with no one else to turn to, whatever their worry, whenever they need help. Children can contact the free counselling service, which runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on the phone or online. It has two bases in Northern Ireland – at Belfast and Foyle – and has adapted very quickly to be able to support children during the pandemic, with staff and volunteers being designated key workers by the Northern Ireland Executive.
This year, Childline data revealed in Northern Ireland since lockdown an increase of more than 25 per cent in young children getting in touch about their mental health and emotional wellbeing.
To donate, please visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bell-company