Belfast insurance broker donates £2,500 award win to Action Cancer

10 December 2018

A broker from the Belfast branch of insurance and risk management specialist Gallagher, has been recognised for her charitable achievements and awarded £2,500 to donate to the charity of her choice. This has resulted in local charity, Action Cancer, ultimately receiving a £16,000 funding boost.

Lorraine Saunders who is a commercial insurance broker at Gallagher’s Belfast branch located on Alfred Street was this month named overall ‘Charity Champion of the Year’ from across Gallagher’s 50-strong UK branch network and presented with a £2,500 cheque to donate to her chosen charity.

As part of Gallagher’s annual Making A Difference Awards 2018 Lorraine was recognised for her ongoing dedication to fundraising, having been nominated by her colleagues due to her tireless efforts in supporting local charities as well as her ability to engage her team in Belfast. She picked up the award at a special ceremony held in London.

As Northern Ireland’s leading, local cancer charity, Action Cancer works to the mission of saving lives and supporting local people through cancer awareness, prevention, detection and support. The services are delivered from Action Cancer House in Belfast, at various regional locations and on-board their mobile unit, the Big Bus, which travels to 225 locations throughout Northern Ireland annually.

Lorraine was chosen over other nominees having organised 12 separate fundraising initiatives with the support of the Charity Team over the past year alone, including the office team taking part in a relay for the Belfast Marathon, a coffee morning, cake sales, toy donations and a Christmas jumper day. Together these have raised well over £16,000 for chosen charity Action Cancer in less than 12 months.

Most recently, Lorraine was one of a team of 34 fundraisers that took on the Action Cancer Trek of the Great Wall of China in October, which saw her walk an impressive 73 km across five days. One of Action Cancer’s clients, Niall Connor, was also meant to take part in the trek but unfortunately, owing to a recent cancer re-diagnosis, he was no longer able to participate.

Speaking on his connection to Action Cancer, Niall commented: “I’ve been getting support from Action Cancer in the form of life coaching and complementary therapies. I’m a far better person with a more positive mind-set thanks to their help and I feel more able to deal with my re-diagnosis.

“I’m so grateful to people like Lorraine who fundraise for the charity. Action Cancer receives no government funding and so relies on the generosity of the general public to enable them to deliver their services free of charge and support people like me.”

Although Niall was unable to take part in the trek, he was very much part of the team in China. Geraldine Kerr, Head of Professional Services at Action Cancer, brought along a mascot, named Niall, who was by their side throughout the whole expedition.

By deciding to add her £2,500 award win to the funds already raised throughout the year from her dedication and determination, Lorraine, along with the Charity Team and Gallagher Regional Manager, Shane Matthews, was this week able to visit Action Cancer to present a cheque for £16,156.62 and learn more about the vital services and support the charity provides.

Geraldine Kerr commented: “We are so pleased that Lorraine has received the recognition that she wholeheartedly deserves, and to receive the additional donation is just fantastic; we are so grateful. Lorraine and the team at Gallagher have worked incredibly hard to raise a meaningful amount for our charity, not to mention the strength and determination Lorraine demonstrated in our trek along the Great Wall of China. Her passion shown throughout all of the charitable activities she undertakes is to be admired.”

Lorraine said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be recognised for this award, but it has truly been a team effort. At Gallagher, we are all passionate about supporting local charities in our community, and each member of the team has thrown themselves in to the fundraising efforts. Winning this award gives us that added incentive as we head into 2019, to keep up the good work and make next year our best year of fundraising yet.”

For further information about Action Cancer’s overseas treks please contact Lynn Sanderson by emailing [email protected] or call 028 9080 3349.