Girvan's Goal

Wednesday 17th May 2017

Mayor Deborah Girvan is asking for your help to reach her charity fundraising goal.

Mayor Girvan on RNLI lifeboat

Girvan’s generous goal

Mayor Deborah Girvan is asking for your help to reach her charity fundraising goal.

The Mayor of Ards and North Down wants to raise £21,000 for her chosen charities - the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), The Integrated Education Fund (IEF) and The Samaritans - before her term ends on 7 June.

Famous for her ‘Saturday selfies’ she has taken to social media to ask for support with the hashtag #Girvansgoal. Speaking about her latest fundraising drive, Alderman Deborah Girvan, said:

“So far I have raised almost £16,000 and if I can reach £21,000 I will be able to give these worthy charities £7,000 each. There are several ways that you can get involved - you can make a direct donation, organise a small fundraising event or attend the Mayor's Charity Ball on Saturday 27 May.   

I have had great fun helping my charities to raise money!  During the past year, we have organised coffee mornings, a Clay Pigeon Shoot, bucket collections at shopping centres, street collections, ballots, quizzes, bridge drive, wine and cheese, and concerts.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has given a prize for a ballot or made a donation to my charities."  

The Mayor’s Charity Ball is on Saturday 27 May at The Clandeboye Lodge Hotel, Bangor at 7pm. The black tie dinner will include a drinks reception, sponsored by Denman Bangor, a four course dinner and entertainment. There will also be an auction and raffle with a range of generous prizes, donated by local businesses, up for grabs.  Auction items include, dinner for eight at Greyabbey House, a signed Ulster Rugby Ball, an original painting of Donaghadee Harbour by Alex Boden Bell and a weekend break for two. Tickets cost £45.

To buy a ticket for the Mayor’s Charity Ball or to make a direct donation to her charities contact the Mayor’s Office on 028 9127 8067 or