Group donates money to charities

Group donates money to charities

7 March 2018

A BUSINESS networking group in Newcastle has presented cheques totalling £1,000 to two local charities.

Martina Maguire — chairwoman and founder of Snowball Networking Group — presented the money to Maureen Flynn, from the Cancer Fund for Children, and Ray Cunningham, from the Mind Your Mate and Yourself (MYMY) organisation.

The two local charities have been selected by Snowball Networking Group as its charities for 2018.

Local businesses have taken part in various events, as well as organising some of their own, in an effort to raise much-needed funds for both.

Martina explained that when she set up the networking group over a year ago, she had the vision of building a strong local business network which would support small businesses through educational presentations, referral marketing to build their businesses and also a support network for the businesses, particularly for those who normally work alone with no support teams. 

“Having achieved this goal, we now want to extend our support to local charities and give something back to help the local communities,” she said.

“We are really looking forward to working closely with Cancer Fund for Children and MYMY over the coming year to achieve this new goal.’’

Aisling Gibson, from Cancer Fund for Children, said the organisation was delighted to welcome Snowball Networking Group as a new charity partner. 

“The networking group chose to support us this year, raising funds and awareness for local children with cancer,” she said.

“Snowball Networking Group are wasting no time in raising funds to support our families and to launch the new partnership the group donated an incredible £500. We look forward to working with the group throughout the year.”

Frances McAtamney, from MYMY, said she was also delighted to have the opportunity of working with Snowball Marketing Solutions and to be able to avail of the expertise within the network to further promote good mental health and physical wellbeing within our local community. 

“We would like to thank the members of the group for their very generous donation of £500 and for selecting MYMY as one of the charitable beneficiaries for this year,” said Frances.

She added: “We look forward to a very worthwhile and productive partnership over the upcoming months”.

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