School Charity Challenge 2024

Schools take the challenge and secure £7,000 for charities

Six schools have secured a total of £7,000 for their chosen charities after taking part in a charity challenge organised by Ulster Carpets.

Clounagh Junior High School and Lurgan Junior High School shared the top amount, with each school being presented with a cheque of £2,500 for FND Matters and Reach Mentoring.

St John the Baptist, Tandragee Junior High School, Markethill High School, and St Ronan’s College all secured £500 each for their charities – PIPS Suicide Prevention Ireland, B Positive, The Trussell Trust/Armagh Food Bank, and MNDANI (Motor Neurone Disease Association Northern Ireland).

The School Charity Challenge was organised by The John Wilson Memorial Trust, which was set up in memory of the late John Wilson, son of Ulster Carpets founder, George Walter Wilson, and is dedicated to supporting local community projects. Each school put forward a team who carried out a research project before making a presentation to four of the Trustees outlining why their charity should receive funding and how the charity would benefit.

“Our inaugural event was a huge success and this year we expanded the challenge by inviting more local schools to take part,” explained Dr John Wilson, Chairman of Ulster Carpets and Trustee of the John Wilson Memorial Trust,. “All of the presentations were of a very high standard and it is clear that the students understood the difference charities can make in our communities.

“All the students who participated should be very proud of the way they advocated for their charity. We are delighted that so many local charities will now benefit from their hard work.”

All the students also enjoyed a tour of the manufacturing facilities at Portadown’s global headquarters and learned more about career opportunities, design and sustainability.

This year's School Charity Challenge supported the following charities:

FND Matters
Reach Mentoring
PIPS Suicide Prevention Ireland
B Positive
The Trussell Trusy - Armagh Food Bank
MNDANI (Motor Neurone Disease Association Northern Ireland)