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Monday, December 17, 2018

Christmas cheer from Ballyclare’s Hagan Homes as company pledges cash for Lapland charity

Ballyclare based Hagan Homes will donate £1000 to a children’s charity for every home booked from now until the end of the year.

The firm has just announced a partnership with NI Children to Lapland and Days To Remember Trust that will benefit the charity by up to £30,000.


Hagan Homes recently announced plans to build 2000 new homes over the next ten years, as part of a £300m development programme.

James Hagan, Chair and Founder of Hagan Homes said with the 30th anniversary this year and as part of the company’s celebrations, they have planned a series of significant donations to a number of local charities.

“We are committed to supporting local communities and wanted to support organisations that have families and young people at the heart of what they do.

“We have worked closely with NI Children to Lapland and Days To Remember Trust for many years. What they offer terminally ill or life limited children and their families is absolutely priceless – creating magical memories by helping them to travel on a trip of a lifetime to Lapland. It is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding and deserving charities we have ever been involved with,” he said.

By donating £1000 for every home that is booked up until the end of the year, they are aiming to donate up to £30,000 to the charity, he explained.

The donation will go directly to the trip to Lapland on Wednesday, December 19.

A Thomas Cook charter flight with local children who have a terminal illness or life limiting condition, their families and medical staff will leave Belfast International Airport on December 19 bound for Lapland.

Children are nominated by health workers based throughout all of the paediatric departments and hospitals in Northern Ireland. Doctors, nurses and allied health professionals give up their own time to volunteer to ensure the children can experience a magical time of memories.

Jack Rodgers MBE, Founder and Chairman, NI Children to Lapland and Days to Remember Trust, said they wanted to to thank Hagan Homes.

“For the past few years we have been able to take the children to Santa Park in Roveniemi, the official hometown of Santa Claus on the Arctic Circle in Lapland in Finland. It is an incredible underground facility which offers just about everything the kids could wish for as well as the space outside for all of the traditional ‘snow fun’ activities.

“The fantastic fun-packed day includes elf school; Mrs Claus Gingerbread Bakery; Angry Birds activity area; Santa’s office; Ice Gallery; Crossing the Arctic Circle; reindeer rides; husky dog rides; mini skidoo rides; snow mobile safari; magic sleigh ride; elf workshop; elves’ post office; and a private meeting with Santa Claus in his grotto,” he said.

Mr Rodgers said in Northern Ireland, at any given time, there are over 1000 children suffering from a terminal illness.

“We are a Northern Irish charity that helps local children throughout our province, by giving them a day they will never forget. Many of the children endure the burden of illness throughout their entire lives – a lifetime which is sadly too short. The children who travel with us are nominated by their hospitals and doctors, who see for themselves the kids’ excitement grow as the day approaches,” he added.

The NI Children to Lapland and Days to Remember Trust does not receive any government or national funding, it is totally reliant on donations. Trips are made possible by the generosity of many individuals and companies.

For further information on NICLT please call 07710 731517 or visit www.niclt.org.

If you would like to make a donation to the charity you can do so securely online:

N.I. Children to Lapland Trust c/o Danske Bank, Abbeycentre branch, Longwood Road, Newtownabbey.

Just Giving: NICLT – or you can send your donation to: N.I. Children to Lapland Trust, 46 Swifts Quay, Carrickfergus, Co Antrim, BT38 8BQ.

Philippa Auret from Saintfield based NI Reindeer very kindly provided Santa’s sleigh and reindeers, Dixie, Trixie and Mixie, for the launch of the partnership.

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