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Staff at the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) recently hosted two charity coffee mornings in memory of their late friend and colleague, Jacqui Magee who passed away suddenly earlier this year.

The events, held in the HSCB offices in Tower Hill, Armagh and Belfast were attended by health and social care staff from across Northern Ireland and Jacqui’s family and friends.

A total of £1900 was raised and two local charities, St Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army, each received £950 to support those in need in the Newry area.

Presenting the proceeds from the two charity coffee mornings were front from left: Pauline Brown, Regional Manager, St Vincent de Paul; Valerie Watts,  Chief Executive, HSCB; Teresa Magee;  Anthony Magee and Gladys Thompson, Salvation Army. Back:Marian Corrigan, family friend and colleague; Marie Roulston, Director of Social Care and Children, HSCB and Jean Wylie, Salvation Army, Newry.
Presenting the proceeds from the two charity coffee mornings were front from left: Pauline Brown, Regional Manager, St Vincent de Paul; Valerie Watts, Chief Executive, HSCB; Teresa Magee; Anthony Magee and Gladys Thompson, Salvation Army. Back:Marian Corrigan, family friend and colleague; Marie Roulston, Director of Social Care and Children, HSCB and Jean Wylie, Salvation Army, Newry.

Jacqui, who hailed from the Burren, spent almost two decades working for Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland.  She was a tireless campaigner for all services users, working for those with brain injury, wheelchair users, and those with physical, sensory and learning disability and their carers.

With her passing the Health and Social Care sector in Northern Ireland lost a champion for everyone and a driver for change, someone who placed the voice and rights of the people first, especially those with disability.

Attending the cheque presentation, Pauline Brown, Regional Manager for St Vincent de Paul said:

"The Society of St Vincent de Paul is overwhelmed by the support from colleagues of the late Jacqueline Magee who have donated the proceeds of a coffee morning dedicated to her memory.  Jacqueline was a great ambassador for the Society in giving of her time on a voluntary basis particularly during the annual Christmas, Family Appeal.  Jacqueline motivated her colleagues throughout the Health and Social Care Board and Public Health Agency and encouraged them to take part in the Appeal ensuring that no child was without a present to open on Christmas morning.  Jacqueline is a great loss and we will miss her contribution, her smiling face and fun this year.  A sincere thanks to all who have contributed"

Gladys Thomspon and Jean Wylie from the Salvation Army branch in Newry added: “On behalf of Newry Salvation Army Branch, we want to say a big thank you to the Health and Social Care Board staff for your generous donation.  This money will be used in the Newry community and will be a big help in the work that we do.”

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