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Mayor’s Charities

04 July 2018
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Paul Michael welcomed his three chosen charities to Antrim Civic Centre to discuss future fundraising events for the year ahead.
Mayor, Councillor Michael commented “I am delighted to welcome my three chosen charities to Antrim Civic Centre today. I have chosen to support TinyLife, Royal British Legion and Antrim Youth Information & Counselling Centre. Each of these charities have a vital role in our community and I am looking forward to working with them during my Mayoral term. There are many events and initiatives organised by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council throughout the year and I hope that together, we will be able to raise some vital funds for each of these worthwhile causes.”
Tinylife is the premature and sick baby charity for Northern Ireland. They provide a range of family support services including a hospital to home volunteer programme, family support groups, breast pump loan service, baby massage, baby sensory, Tinygym (physio for babies) and Tinystart (child development programme).
The Royal British Legion’s work is encapsulated in its motto: Live On – to the memory of the fallen and the future of the living. The Legion is the nation's biggest Armed Forces charity providing care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present and their families. It is the national custodian of Remembrance and is well known for the annual Poppy Appeal, and its emblem the red poppy. 
FOCUS (Focusing On Community & Understanding Suicide) is a group of young volunteers aged between 15 and 25 years old, who come together from the local community, with the aim of raising suicide awareness and other issues affecting young people in the community. FOCUS is a youth project of Antrim Youth Information & Counselling Centre who are a community organisation based in the heart of Antrim. They offer a range of services which includes counselling, youth projects and training programmes.
For more information on the Mayor’s charities visit antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/mayorscharities 
Mayor, Councillor Paul Michael is joined by William Smyth (AYICC), Gillian Breen (TinyLIfe) and Lyn Palmer (Royal British Legion).