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To mark Autoline’s 40th year in business and, to celebrate the milestone, the broker six months ago launched a year-long series of fundraising initiatives and customer reward promotions, setting the ambitious target of raising a total of £40,000 to be donated to 40 Northern Ireland-based charities across the year.

Thanks to a Gala dinner in Newry attended by nearly 400 people the Insurance group has smashed its £40K charity fundraising target just half way in to the initiative!

Over £25,000 was raised from the Gala dinner, a sum which included monies raised from ticket sales and donations as well as an auction and raffle on the night. This takes Autoline’s fundraising total achieved to date in excess of the ambitious £40,000 target set at the start of 2015 by the broker’s Managing Director, Michael Blaney.

Michael Blaney, Managing Director of Autoline Insurance Group, is joined by Sinead Magill of Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke (NICHS) at Autoline's gala charity dinner at the Canal Court Hotel in Newry. Thanks to ticket sales, donations, a raffle and an auction on the night, over £25,000 was raised from the dinner which takes the broker above its £40,000 fundraising target for 2015 even before the halfway stage.
Michael Blaney, Managing Director of Autoline Insurance Group, is joined by Sinead Magill of Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke (NICHS) at Autoline's gala charity dinner at the Canal Court Hotel in Newry. Thanks to ticket sales, donations, a raffle and an auction on the night, over £25,000 was raised from the dinner which takes the broker above its £40,000 fundraising target for 2015 even before the halfway stage.

A wide range of local companies were represented at the dinner, which took place in the Canal Court Hotel on Friday evening, as well a number of the 40 charities set to benefit from the fundraising initiative.

Michael Blaney, Managing Director of Autoline Insurance Group, said“To have raised £25,000 from one event is truly astonishing, but the fact that this takes us above our target for the entire year makes it even more remarkable. This is the biggest standalone event Autoline has hosted in our 40-year history – we’ve been overwhelmed by the support we received and would like to thank everyone who attended or donated money. 

“It was fantastic to see the local business community come together in support of a number of extremely worthwhile causes. We have a programme of events scheduled to deliver over the next six months, and given the fundraising success achieved to date, we will be in a strong position to offer each of the 40 charities selected more than the £1,000 we had originally hoped.”

Charities were invited to apply to be one of the beneficiaries and receive £1,000 from the anniversary fund, with charities such as NI Cancer Fund for Children, Diabetes UK, Cry and British Heart Foundation among those who were successful. 

Autoline Insurance Group is headquartered in Newry, with branches across Northern Ireland. For further information about Autoline’s fundraising events and activities, visit autoline.co.uk

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