Arvalee Inspiration Project raises almost £200,000 in five years

Esther Good with Trudy McCrea, Karen Connelly, Jason Sawyers, Martin O’Hare and Eimear Keyes pictured with a cheque for £32,791 – the magnificent sum raised during the annual Arvalee Inspiration celebration night.

THE Arvalee Inspiration Project has now raised almost £200,000 following another successful dinner dance in the Silverbirch Hotel on Friday week past.

The special fundraising initiative was set up five years ago after the former Arvalee school building was destroyed in a fire back in 2012.


Through generous sponsorship from local businesses and the wider community, the project has been a resounding success, with Friday’s event adding a magnificent £32,791 to the charity’s coffers.

Guests were entertained with live music performances and dances from Arvalee pupils who presented the ‘One And Only Show’ in their fantastic new school building on the Gortin Road.

They then crossed over to the Silverbirch Hotel for the dinner-dance and auction section of the evening.

Jason Sawyers, from the Friends of Arvalee parents group which runs the project, thanked Noel and Beth Erskine, auctioneers on the night, and all those business which made a donation to the raffle.

He said, “We raised £32,791 on the night which brings our overall total to almost £200,000.

We’d like to express a huge thank you for the continued support from our local business sponsors and their overwhelming generosity.

The local community has certainly taken the story of Arvalee into their hearts.”


As a result of the money raised, a range of sensory equipment and an aromatherapy room have been created to enhance the educational experience of the young people aged three to 19 who have severe to moderate learning difficulties.

“We want to provide opportunities for the pupils while they attend Arvalee,” said Jason.

“But we also want to help them gain skills and confidence so they can integrate fully into the community and seek employment and a sense of independence when they move on.”

Jason has encouraged any business who wishes to join the Arvalee Inspiration Project and contribute to help the local pupils fulfil their full potential and receive the best educational experience possible. 

To get in contact with a member of the Friends of Arvalee parents group or call Jason on 07901850141.


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