Lisburn man helps charity with £20,000

Jeff Tosh with Vanessa Elder
Jeff Tosh with Vanessa Elder

Lisburn man Jeff Tosh has thanked the public for helping

raise £20,000 for the Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke.

Staff at Tennents NI selected the charity which focuses on the care and prevention of chest, heart and stroke illnesses as their nominated good cause for 2013/14.

The employees set themselves an ambitious £20k target and launched into a 12 month programme of fundraising via sports, social and fun events.

From mega donations gathered at high profile events such as Tennent’s Vital to coppers in the collection boxes, staff left no charity stone unturned – and recently celebrated their success with Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke.

Jeff, Head of NI On Trade at Tennent’s NI, is hugely proud of the team at Tennent’s.

He said: “”Our company takes corporate social responsibility seriously and we have a great tradition of choosing and working for a nominated charity each year.

“With 50% of all adult deaths in Northern Ireland caused by chest, heart or stroke illness, Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke is a good cause which strikes an immediate chord. “

“”Staff came up with the strapline ‘We’re at the heart of it’ to help raise awareness and maintain commitment company wide, but the slogan was equally well received by our friends and partners in the licensed trade who responded to our appeals for donations with their customary generosity.

“Our thanks go to everyone who made donations.

“Corporately we hosted a big breakfast for employees and utilised our access to large public events, such as at Tennent’s Vital and the Magners July Race at Down Royal Racecourse for charity collections, but individuals responded with great energy and enthusiasm running everything from Coffee Mornings to Marathons. It was a fantastic achievement for all concerned.””

Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke Corporate Fundraising Manager, Vanessa Elder said, “It’s been a pleasure working with the employees of Tennent’s NI.

“This support will be a great help as we continue to work towards reducing chest, heart or stroke illnesses in Northern Ireland and enhance the supply of high quality services to meet the needs of those affected.

“£20,000 of the money will help fund the Weekly Stroke Scheme at Seymour Street Methodist Church for a year and run a local monthly respiratory group at Trinity Community Hall.