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Adoption charity 'humbled' by Belfast community's generosity

Published: 25.09.15

Adoption UK has been “humbled” by the generosity of the Belfast community who have made hundreds of pounds worth of donations after the charity’s Northern Ireland office was burgled last month.
Adoption charity 'humbled' by Belfast community's generosity

Thieves stole about £500 in donations and caused thousands of pounds worth of damage after smashing their way into Adoption UK's office sometime between the evening of 10th August and the morning of 11th August.

At the time, Stephen McVey, Development Manager with Adoption UK in Northern Ireland, described the thieves as "despicable" and said the charity's Family Day in October may have to be cancelled as a result.

The cash had been raised by Adoption UK's Judith Linton and her colleague Tracey Mitchell, who both completed the Belfast Color Run on 30th August.
Judith, Development Manager Northern Ireland, said: "It was so disappointing because the members of the public who donated had done so in good faith and it was for a good cause so words cannot describe how I felt when I found out this money had been stolen."

But ever since the news of the burglary was covered on both the BBC and in the Belfast Telegraph, donations from the public have been coming in. Their donations will go towards helping meet the costs of about £3,000 for events being held by Adoption UK during National Adoption Week, which runs from 19th to 25th October.

Judith said: "The generosity of the Belfast community is amazing and very humbling as people with no connection to adoption were arriving on our doorstep to make donations. A lot of the donations came from people who live close to the office."

The charity's Family Day, which is only open to members, is an opportunity for adoptive parents and their children to meet up with one-another and socialise.

Judith explained: "It's a great opportunity for adoptive families to get together, share experiences and for their children to meet other adopted children. We're expecting about 200 to attend so we're delighted it's going ahead as planned."

Adoption UK will also be hosting an Information Day at Belfast's Crescent Arts Centre on University Road from 3pm until 5pm on 25th October.

Judith said: "It's an open afternoon so members of the public can come along to hear the positive experiences of adoptive parents and those of young people who were adopted. It's a great opportunity to find out a wee bit more about the realities of adoption."

For more information about the Information Day email tracey@adoptionuk.org.uk

Anyone who would like go to donate to Adoption UK can do so by telephoning Adoption UK on 02890 775211.