26 November 2023

The Odyssey Trust Announce 2023/24 Charity Partners

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The Odyssey Trust is proud to announce that Cancer Fund for Children and Alzheimer’s Society have been selected as its chosen charity partners for 2023/24.

A charity itself, The Odyssey Trust – consisting of The SSE Arena, Belfast, the Stena Line Belfast Giants, W5 Science and Discovery Centre, and W5 LIFE – has been educating and entertaining for over two decades, supporting better wellbeing and life chances for all the people of Northern Ireland.

Supporting over 400 families and 800 children and young people every year, Cancer Fund for Children connect, empower, and strengthen children and families to be better equipped to cope with cancer. The charity’s team of specialists deliver a range of community, hospital, and residential-based support, including individual support, group work, parental support, and therapeutic short breaks.

Cormac McMullan, regional community fundraiser and engagement lead at Cancer Fund for Children, said: “At Cancer Fund for Children, we provide informal emotional, social, and therapeutic support to children and families impacted by cancer. The Odyssey Trust has always been a generous supporter of our services and we are delighted that we have been selected as one of their charity partners for 2023/24. This organisation is made up of passionate, dedicated, and enthusiastic individuals, and we can’t wait to work with them going forward to help ensure no child has to face cancer alone.”

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity, working to find new treatments and, ultimately, a cure for dementia. The charity provides help through a range of local services and offers hope through campaigning for positive change and funding research into the cause, cure, care and prevention of dementia.

Linzi Stewart, community fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society in Northern Ireland, commented: “We are extremely grateful to all at The Odyssey Trust for selecting Alzheimer’s Society as one of their charity partners, helping to raise vital awareness and funds in support of everyone affected by dementia. We want everyone affected by dementia to know that whoever you are, whatever you’re going through, you can turn to Alzheimer’s Society for help and support.

“There are currently over 22,000 people living with dementia in Northern Ireland, with approximately one third of people living with dementia yet to receive an official diagnosis. Thanks to the generous support of The Odyssey Trust, Alzheimer’s Society can continue to act as a vital source of support and a powerful force for change, providing help and hope to everyone living with dementia.”

Cancer Fund for Children and Alzheimer’s Society were selected as The Trust’s chosen charities by members from across the Odyssey complex, with vital awareness and funds to be raised for both through sitewide fundraising initiatives throughout 2023/24.

Laura Small, relationship and business development manager at The Odyssey Trust, added: “We’re proud to be able to support these two invaluable charities, both of which work tirelessly to help people within local communities. As a charity ourselves, we feel it of the utmost importance that we can help other organisations that improve the lives of people across Northern Ireland where and when possible.”

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