Matched Giving Scheme - Brainwaves

(Pictured in photograph Brenda Kennedy – Lloyds Bank Foundation for Northern Ireland, Kate Ferguson - Brainwaves,  Lorraine Burns - Halifax)




Lloyds Bank Foundation for Northern Ireland operate a Matched Giving Scheme to encourage involvement in the voluntary sector through personal participation in fundraising or volunteering. Every member of staff employed by Lloyds Banking Group and any subsidiary is entitled to claim matched funding from the Foundation for every pound raised or every hour volunteered.

Lorraine Burns, who is Customer Manager at the Halifax at Connswater Shopping Centre, lost her husband to a brain tumour and this has spurred the Belfast woman to raise more than £50,000 to help save the lives of future generations.

Father of three Alan Burns from Belfast died in May 2013 at the age of 46, having been diagnosed with an inoperable tumour in 2003.

After his death, Lorraine decided to raise funds to aid research into treating a disease that is now the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40.

Lorraine set a target of £20,000 but thanks to the support of her colleagues at the Halifax and the Matched Giving Programme run by Lloyds Bank Foundation for Northern Ireland, she was able to hand over  a cheque for £50,889 to Kate Ferguson, head of local charity Brainwaves NI.

Lorraine said: "Brainwaves NI provides vital support to those affected by brain tumours, their families and carers. Brain tumour research receives less than 1% of national cancer spending in the UK and that is what has spurred me on. 

Kate Ferguson described Lorraine’s efforts as ‘absolutely wonderful’ She added: “This incredible amount will help support other families that have been going through the same difficult situation she experienced with the loss of her husband.

Lorraine said her husband was a big sports fan and a large slice of the money raised was during a star studded gala fund-raising evening at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in September, which was attended by a host of sportspeople including former Welsh international footballer John Hartson, a brain tumour survivor.

Other attendees included former Linfield manager David Jeffrey and club legends Glenn Ferguson, Lee Doherty and former motorcycle ace Phillip McCallen.

Lorraine added: “Alan was a devoted Linfield supporter from his boyhood and he acted as a steward at Windsor Park even after he became ill. He was also a big motorbike enthusiast and rarely missed an Ulster Grand Prix or a North West 200. 

“Thanks to the generosity of those attending the ball and the sporting fraternity, we raised £17,500 on the night and that was match funded by Lloyds Bank Foundation for Northern Ireland. The rest of the money was raised from other events run by Halifax colleagues and matched funded by the Foundation.”

Sandara Kelso-Robb, Executive Director of the Lloyds Bank Foundation for Northern Ireland added “Matched Giving enables the Foundation to acknowledge the work of staff throughout Lloyds Banking Group in Northern Ireland in their fundraising & volunteering endeavours. I’m delighted that Brainwaves NI has been one of many local charities that have been able to benefit from this initiative”.

Janine Donnelly, Local Director of Halifax and Trustee for Lloyds Bank Foundation for Northern Ireland says "I am delighted colleagues took advantage of the Matched Giving Scheme operated by the Lloyds Bank Foundation for Northern Ireland.  It is great to see their efforts being recognised in this way.  This is one of the many community projects supported within Lloyds Banking Group in Northern Ireland."


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