Record-breaking donation to AWARE from The Bar of Northern Ireland!

Record-breaking donation to AWARE from The Bar of Northern Ireland!

Published on Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Posted in News

We are so overwhelmed and thankful to the Bar for choosing AWARE as their charity partner this year and raising an incredible £82,500, the most they have ever raised before! This was an amazing way to mark Mental Health Awareness week for us and will help us a great deal in supporting those who are currently living with depression.

Karen Collins, AWARE CEO added “AWARE, the Depression Charity for Northern Ireland, was delighted to be chosen as the Bar’s charity partner and it was a great partnership to be involved in with so many creative and fun fundraising activities led by the Bar.  The phenomenal amount of money raised will make such a difference to the work of AWARE and in so doing better support those affected by depression.”

“This money will support a range of activities including our support groups and Living Life to the Full programmes for those experiencing depression, our wellbeing programmes delivered to schools and communities throughout Northern Ireland to raise awareness of looking after our mental health and our information and outreach services which aim to overcome the stigma of talking about poor mental health and provide information talks and literature.”

The sensational amount raised by the Bar is the result of all the hard work and generosity put in by those who organized, attended and contributed to the fundraising events such as the Bar Library Annual Charity Ball, the “Battle of the Barristers” Slieve Donard climb, the “Woofy Walk”, Santa at the Bar Library, the annual “Frock Swap” and the Laganside 10k run.

Adele O’Grady QC, Chair of the Charity Committee said: “I cannot think of a better way to conclude Mental Health Awareness Week than celebrating this record-breaking amount for AWARE, a charity which works to support so many people living with mental health issues and their families across Northern Ireland. I would like to thank every one of my colleagues at the Bar for their incredible support and generosity – and in particular the members of the Charity Committee for their enthusiasm, determination and sheer hard work.”

If you would like to raise money for AWARE, get in touch with the Fundraising Team today by calling 028 9035 7820 or emailing

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