Laverys Bar in Belfast has nominated Nexus NI as one of its partners for the year ahead and has already begun raising funds through a donation of £1000 from a charity golf day at Belvoir Golf Club.
Commenting on Laverys support, Bernard Lavery said:
“When I heard about the work of Nexus, delivering specialist counselling and support to people who have suffered sexual violence, I thought it was a cause that Laverys could really help by raising both funds and vital awareness. Unfortunately, sexual violence affects all areas of society and I am proud to pledge our support to stand with victims and lead the way in breaking the silence within the bar industry.
I was shocked to learn that Nexus will be operating for 35 years come 2019 and yet I didn’t know of their work before now. Hopefully, our partnership will help go some way towards raising the profile of the charity as well as signposting our customers who may need support to get in contact with Nexus.”
Karen Dunlop-Wainwright, Community Fundraising Lead with Nexus NI said:
“On behalf of Nexus, I’d like to thank Bernard and the staff at Laverys for choosing to support our work. This donation from the charity golf day has enabled one person to access an entire programme of specialist counselling and support to rebuild their life. We are very excited to work with the staff and customers in the months ahead through training and a variety of fundraising events and initiatives.
Breaking the silence on sexual violence is a monumental task and we are working hard to start more conversations, challenge taboos and break barriers that prevent victims from accessing support. As a charity whose services are increasingly in demand, we rely greatly on the support from businesses, individuals and groups across NI to help us sustain this work and meet our clients’ needs.”