Belfast, 14 July 2017Gallagher Northern Ireland helps fund vital care for vulnerable and homeless in Belfast
The Belfast Arthur J. Gallagher team has boosted the fundraising efforts of local charity SOS NI, by donating £5,000 towards a unique mobile service that cares for the vulnerable and homeless on the city's streets.
SOS NI is a Christian volunteer organisation which works to offer support to the homeless and vulnerable on the streets of Belfast by providing a unique mobile service and support network. During the night-time, it deploys a fleet of specially designed and equipped buses, manned by trained volunteers and medical staff, that goes out onto the streets of the city — wherever they are needed most — to provide professional caring services to anyone vulnerable and in crisis.
In addition to medical attention, the SOS NI team can provide emergency transport either to hospital or a place of safety, as well as emotional support to those in crisis during Belfast’s night-time economy every weekend. The buses and team’s efforts not only help to relieve the strain on the emergency services but, for homeless people in particular, can act as a vital safe haven, offering a non-judgemental caring environment and medical services.
That’s why the charity has launched a campaign to raise £50,000 towards the cost of a third SOS bus.
SOS NI has been a charity partner of Gallagher in Northern Ireland for some time and the office was asked to help support its fundraising efforts. Shane Matthews, Managing Director for Arthur J. Gallagher Northern Ireland, comments: “When we found out about SOS NI’s campaign to fund a new bus, we were only too pleased to help. Having partnered with the charity before, we are aware of the fantastic work it does on the streets of Belfast and beyond. As a community insurance broker, we also see it as our duty to support local causes, such as SOS NI, where we can and are glad our donation has gone towards extending the vital service the charity provides.”
As well as its work out on the streets, SOS NI distributes food to homeless shelters, promotes healthcare awareness in local schools and even provides phone-charging ports to ensure young people get home safely from a night out in the city centre. Joe Hyland, CEO of SOS NI, comments on the donation: “Since the charity was established, SOS NI has helped thousands of people, offering support and assistance to some of Belfast’s most vulnerable citizens. I would like to thank the team at Arthur J. Gallagher for their generous donation. This money will go directly into funding our new bus so that our services are able to reach even more vulnerable people in times of crisis.”
Photo: Gallagher and SOS NI employees, and volunteers, in front of one of the vital buses. (L to R) Brian Edgar (SOS NI), Neil Hunter and Lydia Hunter (Arthur J. Gallagher), Paul Mullins, Grace Koch and Joe Hyland (SOS NI), Lyndsey Minnis and Simon Aldred (Arthur J. Gallagher).
To find out more about SOS NI or to donate, please visit www.sosbusni.com
For further information about Arthur J. Gallagher in Northern Ireland, please contact the Belfast office on 028 9024 1651