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Belfast funeral directors launch £20,000 community fund

James Brown pictured with Julian Hodgkinson, regional development director, Beverley Brown, marketing manager, Emma Moore, branch development manager and Andrew Neale, branch manager
Marie Louise McConville

A BELFAST funeral directors has launched a £20,000 community fund to support charities and other good causes with financial support.

James Brown & Sons yesterday unveiled the fund which will be open to applicants who represent communities within a three-mile radius of the business's six locations around greater Belfast.

The fund, which will be distributed in three cycles this year, will offer grants of between £300 and £1,500.

The deadline for applications is noon on June 3.

James Brown said it had been a "humbling experience for us to serve the people of greater Belfast for almost 120 years and while we have witnessed many bad times, there have been many good times too".

"We have made countless charitable donations over the years, but this is the first time that we, supported by Funeral Partners, have taken a formal approach to recognise the good causes in our area with the launch of the James Brown & Sons Community Fund," he said.

"Sadly, we have all been impacted by the pandemic and if the last two years have taught us anything, it’s to look after our neighbours and those closest to us.

"Whether you host a children’s after school club, you maintain a community garden, you support disadvantaged groups in your community, provide employment within the local area, or you campaign for social justice, we want to hear from you".

Further information is available at jamesbrownfuneraldirectors.com.

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