Bushmills Inn’s Lapland charity collab makes more precious memories
The Bushmills Inn’s fundraising efforts helped send another six deserving children to Lapland in December, as the Northern Ireland charity, Northern Ireland Children to Lapland and Days to Remember Trust (NICLT), marked its 14th annual trip to the winter wonderland.
The Co Antrim venue raised an impressive £5,000 which supports the travel costs of sending six children with life-limiting and/or life-threatening conditions to the magical location of Rovaniemi, Finland.
In December last year the Lapland trip provided a magical experience for 85 local children for the second year after the pandemic. This carefully coordinated journey requires extensive preparation with Trusts across Northern Ireland and relies on generous contributions from donors and corporate partners, including The Bushmills Inn, which has raised over £35,000 for the charity over the years.
Speaking about the fundraising, Alan Walls, General Manager of The Bushmills Inn, said: “For the past seven years, we’ve actively raised funds for the Northern Ireland Children to Lapland and Days to Remember Trust, accumulating over £35,000 during this time. Being recognised as one of their corporate partners is a source of great pride for us.
“The charity’s resilience and commitment to bringing joy to deserving children, are truly commendable. We are honoured to support the charity in its continued mission to enrich the lives of deserving children.”
Speaking about the recent trip, Colin Barkley, Chair, of Northern Ireland Children to Lapland and Days to Remember Trust said, “There’s no Christmas gift more significant than bringing joy to young children facing life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and easing the usual challenges that come with travel for their families.
“During our 2023 trip, we had the privilege of witnessing the pure delight on the children’s faces and we wish all our supporters could experience the happiness they’ve ignited through their unwavering support. We give our heartfelt thank you to The Bushmills Inn for standing alongside us throughout the years. In a landscape filled with numerous worthy charitable causes, we are honoured by their choice to continue to support us. This partnership significantly enhances our ability to fulfil our mission, offering terminally ill, life-limited, and deserving children from Northern Ireland truly cherished and magical experiences.”