Architects across Northern Ireland have raised a record £15,000 for local cancer research, as part of an initiative organised by the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) and the Jill Todd Trust. Now in its fifth year, the initiative achieved a new fundraising milestone at a time when many charities have struggled to raise money.
Firmly established as Northern Irish architecture’s major charitable event, ask an architect is sponsored by NIE Networks and offers members of the public an hour-long consultation with a chartered architect in return for a donation to Friends of the Cancer Centre. The initiative moved online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and architects met clients virtually to advise on their building projects.
Ciarán Fox, Director of RSUA, explained:
“Architects have responded to the challenge of the pandemic by offering even more of their time to charity to support the fight against cancer. We are delighted that the public took greater advantage of the initiative this year and helped raise much-needed funds for this brilliant local cancer charity.”
Ana Wilkinson, Head of Fundraising at Friends of the Cancer Centre, said:
“Now in its fifth year, Ask An Architect has gone from strength to strength and Friends of the Cancer Centre is delighted to have the continued support of The Jill Todd Trust and the RSUA through this initiative. By working together in this way, we are raising money to fund vital local research and awareness, helping support families in Northern Ireland affected by cancer. This year’s donation of £15,000 will help support Friends of the Cancer Centre’s ongoing research work; including funding additional staff and vital equipment which allows for the development of new and improved ways to treat cancer.”
Edel Creery, NIE Networks, commented:
“NIE Networks is proud to partner with RSUA to deliver Ask an Architect and support the initiative as it raises funds to support Friends of the Cancer Centre. This has been a challenging year for all of us in Northern Ireland and we want to thank both the public and the architects who took part for their generosity to this superb organisation.”