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Housing Benefit unit guide the way with charity breakfast

Published: Thur, 8 Jun 2017
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(l-r) Our Omagh Housing Benefits Caroline Maguire, Ashelene Watson, Paul Brannigan with local Guide Dog user Ian Ross and “Gina” and Omagh HB Staff Aideen Floyd and Marianne Donaghy.
Guide Dogs NI Omagh
Staff from our Housing Benefit Unit in Omagh recently held a ‘brew & breakfast bap morning’ to raise money for Guide Dogs NI.
A 37 prize raffle draw took place, which included a ‘guess the name of the dog’ competition to help raise funds. In total, £500 was presented to local guide dog user Ian Ross on behalf of Guide Dogs NI, which will go towards training a guide dog to have a positive impact on the local community.
The inspiration for the idea from local Housing Benefit Assessing Officer Ashelene Watson who sponsors the training of a guide dog puppy on an ongoing basis.
An additional £100 raised was donated to Castlederg’s Rhonda Leckey of Vivo Extra who donated the food for the event. Rhonda is set to complete the ‘Trek the Inca Trail’ in aid of the Children’s Cancer Fund.
Our Omagh Housing Benefit Manager Sean Cullen said:
“We are delighted to raise funds for Guide Dogs NI, a charity which has personal importance to our staff. Ashelene is a strong advocate for guide dogs, so staff were happy to help.
“Staff from across the Omagh office made significant donations across the breakfast morning. The money raised was only eclipsed by the tasty breakfast enjoyed by all.
“This was an excellent example of the Housing Executive being an integral part of the local area and helping to foster vibrant communities by raising funds for Guide Dogs NI.”