Norbrook present £120,400 to Hospice
Newry based pharmaceutical giant Norbrook and its team raised over £120,000 for the Southern Area Hospice Services as part of the company’s 50th year celebrations and proudly presented the staggering cheque at a recent reception at Hospice.
Employees of Norbrook raised over £60,000 through nine events; smashing their set target of £50,000. The company then matched the employee total, bringing the amount going to support the Hospice’s important services to £120,400. Hundreds of Norbrook employees participated in nine fundraising events over the past 10 months as part of the company’s ‘50 for 50’ partnership with the Hospice. These included a charity auction; Christmas Card/Jumper Day fundraisers; a cake sale; a raffle; a golf Classic; a charity cycle; and a Family Walk.
Norbrook employees Niall McGinn, Elaine McCullough, Deborah Curran, Emma O'Brien and Colleen Rooney represented the company at a reception held in Hospice to mark the significant donation. The staff took a tour of the facilities and met with Hospice staff and patients to hear about how the money will benefit the organisation.
Liz Cuddy OBE, Chief Executive Officer at Southern Area Hospice Services said: “The 50 for 50 partnership with Norbrook and their staff has been exceptional from start to finish and we are indebted to their employees for their passion, commitment and enthusiasm throughout the year. Norbrook staff have organised a number of fundraising initiatives including golf classics, spinathons, walks and even took over our three retail shops in a head-to-head challenge. Not only did their team raise this phenomenal amount of money throughout the year, but they also donated toys to our family room, purchased beautiful new Christmas decorations which they came and put up as well as took back down again and volunteered and supported our Annual Light up a Life ceremony. A large number of employees have also committed to playing our weekly Hospice Lotto which means they will continue to support Hospice on an ongoing basis.
“The money raised from this 50 for 50 partnership will be put to the best possible use by helping our Hospice to introduce a new ‘Living Well Programme’ in our Day Hospice and across the Southern Health Trust community. We will also be able to provide much needed refurbishments and enhancements to our physiotherapy and treatment rooms as well as upgrade our family rooms to create a home from home for patients and their loved ones. This partnership will leave a lasting legacy for Hospice and will provide us with the facilities we need to increase our services and reach more patients.
“On behalf of Southern Area Hospice Services, I would like to thank Norbrook staff for their sincerity and generosity in raising this extraordinary amount of money to support our services. This is a significant year for our Hospice as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary and we are grateful to have had this opportunity to work so closely with Norbrook across the year. I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Norbrook on 50 years and wish them every success in the future as their company continues to thrive,” she adds.
Norbrook’s management team praised the company’s employees for their efforts “As we mark 50 years in business, we are delighted to partner with Southern Area Hospice Services to enhance their day care provision. Last September, we challenged our employees to raise £50,000, which would be matched by Norbrook. We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and engagement of hundreds of employees who organised and participated in a range of events in the past 10 months to raise funds. We are delighted to announce that we have exceeded our target and will donate £120,400 to the Hospice. We would like to thank our employees, our suppliers, our customers and local businesses who donated so generously to this worthy cause. We look forwarding to continuing our partnership with the Hospice and to seeing how the new day care provision will benefit the local community.”
Southern Area Hospice Services wish to congratulate Norbrook on 50 years in business and give heartfelt thanks to the management and staff for all their hard work and fundraising efforts.
Pictured at the presentation are Norbrook Laboratories Employees Niall McGinn, Elaine McCullough, Deborah Curran, Emma O'Brien and Colleen Rooney presenting a cheque for the fantastic sum of £120,400 to Liz Cuddy CEO, Carmel Campbell Nursing Director and Dr. Osmond Morris Medical Director Southern Area Hospice Services.