The charity event also raised over £7,000 worth of toys for the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul.
Niall Harkin, Chairman of Chartered Accountants Ulster Society said: “The Charity Lunch is a tremendous opportunity for the local business community to come together and help to make a difference for local charities. This year we had a record attendance of over 500 people and so we’re delighted to have raised this amount for Autism NI which is helping so many families across Northern Ireland.
John Mathers, Corporate Development Director of Barclays said: “Barclays is delighted to, once again, sponsor the Ulster Society Charity lunch. Ulster Society members are extremely generous in their donations of toys and money, helping to make a real difference. We know that the funds raised will help Autism NI to provide its excellent family helpline service.”
Kerry Boyd, Chief Executive of Autism NI said: “This is a fantastic amount of money that the Ulster’s Chartered Accountants and Barclays have raised and will make a huge difference as the need for autism support services in Northern Ireland is greater than ever.
“This money will be specially used for Autism NI’s Helpline service which is invaluable to local families, autistic individuals and professionals; receiving over 4,000 calls annually. Events like this are vital to the work the charity carries out and helps provide life-changing services and support to the 30,000 families living with the daily challenges of autism in Northern Ireland.”
Pictured at the cheque presentation in Belfast are Zara Duffy, Chartered Accountants Ireland; John Mathers, Barclays; Niall Harkin, Chartered Accountants Ulster Society; and Kerry Boyd, Autism NI.
Zara Duffy of Chartered Accountants Ireland; John Mathers (Barclays): Niall Harkin, Ulster Society Chairman & Kerry Boyd, Autism NI.