Message from the Chairman, Noel Lamb
Looking back on the year past is often a great help when forming plans for the year ahead.
The trustees were pleased with 2017. Starting with our grants is always the most important aspect of Hope for Youth (NI)
The charity was able to give out awards to nine projects. These ranged from creative ICT projects, combined with sporting activities, a drama project focussed towards regeneration and peace building, to a theatre and arts project helping the young train in theatre and conflict resolution, our county assessors visit each project selected by the Grants Committee. I have often said it is humbling and at the same time up-lifting to visit projects on the ground. The awards make a real difference and it’s terrific to see what the young people involved get out of these activities. Thanks as ever go our county assessors and the trustees involved for making this happen.
Of course, the other side of every charity is the fund raising. You will see the report on the biennial House of Lords v House of Commons swim. It was a wonderful evening, full of good cheer, with the Swim Committee meeting at least eighteen months beforehand to ensure the success of the evening. Just shy of £95,000 was raised. Elsewhere we had a beating retreat in Northern Ireland last June and a considerable number of meaningful donations from sponsors and friends. This leaves the charity with a healthy balance sheet and ability to give out grants in 2018
We have for many years relied on event-driven income. The trustees, on reflecting on the success of our fund raising, recognise the importance of furthering sponsor and partnership ideas. This is no easy task. Hopefully the charity will make a start on this process over the next twelve months. Lastly, thanks again go to Leo Callow, Karen and all at Cherton without whose help we would not have had such a good year past.