During JP Corry’s 200th anniversary celebration held at Titanic Belfast on Friday 6th June, customers, staff and suppliers helped raise £25,000 in one night for Barnardo’s, the UK and Ireland’s leading children’s charity working with local vulnerable and less advantaged children and young people. The money was raised during the JP Corry ‘Two Centuries’ anniversary ball, which was attended by over 500 guests celebrating JP Corry’s 200 years supplying quality products to the building industry.
Established in 1814 as a small timber business on the bank of the River Lagan in Belfast by John Corry and William Montgomery, JP Corry has grown to become one of the leading builders’ merchants in Ireland with a network of 18 branches. JP Corry has a rich history and the company has played an integral role in the development of Ireland’s infrastructure over the years with its involvement in building, shipping, manufacturing and supply. JP Corry’s two and a half year partnership with children’s charity Barnardo’s came to an end in December 2013 however, as much of the work for this event had taken place before that date it was decided to use the anniversary ball as a standalone fundraiser. To date JP Corry has raised £55,000 for the charity, which is a fantastic sum of money.
Leona McEvoy, Business Development Manager commented, “We were delighted to benefit from JP Corry’s 200th birthday celebrations at Titanic Belfast, which raised an impressive £25,000 on the night. Every penny raised will help us to continue our vital services that transform the lives of the most vulnerable children and young people in Northern Ireland.”
Ciaran McConnell, JP Corry Managing Director, commented, “We were blown away by the generosity of our customers, staff and suppliers on the night. I would like to thank everyone for their support and for making our anniversary celebrations so memorable.”
The money was raised through a charity auction, heads and tails game and a raffle. Local TV presenters Claire McCollum and Adrian Logan made a great duo entertaining all guests throughout the evening. Titanic Dance impressed everyone with their perfectly formed routines and The Big Band connection had guests on the dance floor with the first song.
JP Corry’s new charity partners for the next two years are Macmillan Cancer Support and the Irish Cancer Society and the Company looks forward to raising vital funds for these amazing charities.
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