Fundraising Stories

Pub Quiz, 26 April 2020

Thanks to Patricia O’Rourke, Board Member representing Business in the Community, who has organised a Pub Quiz in McHugh’s Bar, Belfast at 8.00pm on Friday 24th April 2020.  This is a great chance to meet other member employers, families and friends in an informal setting while raising some funds for a great cause!


The cost is £10 per person, with a maximum of eight members per team.  There will be a prize for the winners – all details are on the flyer attached.  It would be great if team would notify by Friday 17th April 2020.  Its sure to be a great night’s craic!


Anyone wanting to publicise the Pub Quiz can download the flyer and print off/distribute etc as required.  Thanks for all support!

Pub Quiz flyer 2020

Annual Fundraising Day, 29 November 2019:


Belfast City Council

Thanks so much to the staff who raised £242 at the coffee morning and raffle, that is fantastic!


Queen’s University Belfast

So thankful to the staff of Queen’s University Belfast whose Christmas Coffee Morning raised £220 for Employers for Disability NI: fabulous!

Fiona O’Connell presents Mags Harkin with £220 on behalf of the staff of Queen’s University Belfast


Business in the Community NI

Our friends in BITC NI have been so generous with a fantastic £200 donation from their staff Dress Down Fund. Thanks so much!!!


Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Thanks so much to the staff of Belfast Health and Social Care Trust who raised £330 to be shared between Employers for Disability NI and Action Mental Health.

Congratulations to Lloyd McKee from HR who won the prize in the raffle.


September 2019:

A huge thanks to Kilbroney Vintage Show and Newry Lions club for their donation of £750.  Every penny makes a difference to our work.

What a difference Kilbroney Vintage Show and Newry Lions club make to charities doing amazing work throughout the community.


December 2018:


Thanks to the team at NIE Networks for raising £259 by participating in the 2018 “Dress Down for Disability Day”. Fabulous support! Sends out a strong message of support for disabled people’s employment across NI. Can’t thank them enough!!


Brilliant support from our friends in Business in the Community who supported our Dress Down for Disability Day – so appreciative!!!

Also participating in the Annual Dress Down for Disability Day is the team in NI Public Services Ombudsman.  We can’t thank you enough!

We are delighted that Ulster University employees took part in our annual Dress Down For Disability Day. Thanks for their fabulous support! Food for the coffee morning looks great too!!

We are thrilled that Belfast Health and Social Care Trust HR Team took part in the annual Dress Down For Disability Day on Friday 30 November 2018.  Samantha Whann from Belfast Health Care Trust explains, “We decided to split the proceeds of our fundraising and donations and asked our colleagues to vote for an NI Charity of their choice – which  was Action Mental Health. This endorses our commitment to promoting good emotional health & wellbeing of our workforce and continually embedding the ethos of our Mental Health Charter.  On the day, we raffled a luxury Christmas Hamper (photo below) and in total raised £316 which we shared between EFDNI & AMHNI.”


We are so grateful to the members and their employees who supported our annual Dress Down for Disability Day.  Loads of Christmas jumpers, coffees and cakes on display!  This sends a strong message of support to disabled people across NI that local employers value and welcome them!

These are the fabulous staff from QUB (with our Board Member Conor Curran) who provided vital support for the work of Employers for Disability NI at the annual Dress Down for Disability Day, and sent out a message of support to disabled people everywhere!  Thank you so much.

September 2018:

Thanks to Translink for matching the funds raised at our pub quiz (£546.00) – fantastic and much appreciated! Thanks so much to our Board Member, Paula Ludlow, and all the Translink team.

June 2018:

Thanks to our four volunteers for helping marshalling the Kilbroney Vintage Show in Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor on Saturday 16th June 2018.  Proceeds will be distributed to all the participating charities on 2 October 2018.  Thanks to Kilbroney Vintage show and Newry Lions Club for this vital support!

April 2018:

Pub Quiz: We had a fantastic night in McHugh’s Bar on 13th April and raised £545.50. The craic was great and we are very thankful to all who supported this event, brought prizes for the raffle and bought tickets.  A special word of thanks to Patricia O’Rourke for organising the pub quiz and to our fabulous quiz master, Malcolm Christy! (We won’t brag about how the EFDNI staff were on the winning team!)

December 2017:

Sunday 3 December is International Day of Persons with Disabilities and to mark the occasion a number of members of Employers for Disability NI held a “Dress Down for Disability” Day on Friday 1 December.  Thanks to Queen’s University, NI Public Services Ombudsman, Translink and Electoral Office of NI for their amazing support!


Thanks to QUB HR for supporting Employers for Disability NI by holding a cake sale and Christmas Jumper Day!


NI Public Services Ombudsman, Marie Anderson, presents a cheque to Employers for Disability NI’s Gabrielle Fitzpatrick accompanied by Mags Harkin and NI Public Services Ombudsman’s Janice Wilson. Their support is so appreciated!

October 2017:


A massive thanks to Down GAA County Board for allowing us to collect at the recent county final in Pairc Esler, Newry.  We raised over £400.

Thanks also to our volunteers for their help on the day and to the generosity of the supporters at the match.


September 2017:


We are extremely grateful for a very generous donation of £500 from Kilbroney Vintage Show and Newry Lions Club, part of the proceeds the Kilbroney Vintage Show which took place in June 2017.


May 2017:


E2A Inclusive Theatre featured Employers for Disability NI at their opening gala performance of Oliver! the Muscial.  A great evening’s entertainment and over £180 collected.  Thanks so much for their support.

Oliver show poster – EFDNI version pdf


April 2017:


We had a very entertaining evening of film, fancy dress and funky moves!  Mamma Mia Movie Night in Newcastle Community Cinema attracted a big crowd and we raised over £800.  Thanks to all who sponsored prizes and helped in any way.

Some amazing retro costumes from our volunteers


December 2016:


Belfast City Council: Three fabulous Belfast City Council employees – Catherine Christy, Alison Long and Les McCloy – took on the Todd’s Leap Zip Line Challenge on Saturday 19th November and raised an amazing £1000!  With Gift Aid that will rise to as much as £1250.  We cannot thank them enough!

Photos of the Zip Line Challenge:
From left: Alison Long, Les McCloy and Catherine Christy who took on the Todd’s Leap Zip Line Challenge!
Alison’s definitely enjoying the thrill!
Les manages a wave mid-flight!
Catherine reaches the other side in one piece!



Business in the Community:

A massive thanks to Business in the Community who have made a very generous £100 donation from their Dress-Down Fund as part of our 25th anniversary fundraising drive.  This is so much appreciated by the staff and Board of Employers for Disability NI.  Every penny will be put to good use in supporting our members and employees in helping disabled people get and keep employment.


November 2016:



First out of the blocks is…one of our Lead Partners, BT!!!!

A huge thanks and appreciation to BT for kick starting our member fundraising drive with a generous donation from their employee charity fund.  The campaign celebrates 25 years of the work of Employers for Disability NI and this will help us continue our work.  This is a wonderful start for us and we are very grateful.