Cedar announced as NI Assembly Charity of the Year

Friday 07 October 2016

We are very proud to have been selected as the Northern Ireland Assembly’s charity of the year for 2016–17.

The partnership was officially launched at a reception in Parliament buildings on Wednesday 5th October.Cedar staff, service users with Robin Newton MLA, Speaker of the NI Assembly

Speaking at the event, Robin Newton, MLA (Speaker of the Assembly) said: “A few weeks ago, I launched my intention as Speaker to focus on ‘Creating Opportunities’.  I believe there is tremendouspotential for Parliament Buildings and the Assembly as an institution to act as a platform to encourage and recognise local achievement and endeavour within our community.  That is particularly relevant to those who are working, many in a voluntary capacity, to support valuable causes and members of our society who require support.  I am thereforedelighted to welcome the Cedar Foundation on board as the Assembly staff charity of the year.The Cedar Foundation delivers a range of services throughout Northern Ireland to enable people with disabilities to get the most out of life and to be fully included in their communities.  Their services are designed around individual needs of each person, supporting children and adults with disabilities to participate in all aspects of community life. 

Cedar’s Chief Executive Stephen Matthews added: “We are delighted that the Assembly has chosen Cedar for this great honour. We look forward to an exciting year of fundraising, in what is already a landmark year due to our 75th birthday celebrations. This year will enable us to promote our work and continue to provide a strong voice for individuals and families living with disability, autism and brain injury in Northern Ireland.”

During the year Assembly staff will raise money for Cedar through a series of events. Cedar will also stage a major fundraising and showcase event in the Great Hall.

Peter Gay, Robin Newton MLA and Stephen Mathews OBE