About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 10 July 2005 | News Tagged with: Awards Ireland New fundraising awards presented AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 20 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Two new awards for excellence in fundraising were presented at the recent Northern Ireland Fundraising Convention in Belfast. The awards recognised both professional and volunteer fundraisers´efforts.Joan Burney, chief executive of Cinemagic, was given the Professional Fundraiser of the Year award. She was nominated by Coca Cola.Inspector Steve Wilson of the Police Service Northern Ireland was awarded Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year after being nominated by the NSPCC. Advertisement
Victory over Hull may have all but assured Aston Villa safety from relegation, but manager Paul Lambert remains in the dark about owner Randy Lerner’s intentions for the club. Press Association Speculation that Lerner will look to sell the club this summer has been growing since he released a vague statement last month which indicated only that he would clarify his own position at the end of the season. With Barclays Premier League football now virtually assured following the 3-1 victory at Villa Park, all eyes are on the American businessman’s next move. “They came through it and if they came through that they can come through everything in their careers. “I thought they were outstanding and we deserved to win.” Hull boss Steve Bruce, whose side slipped below Villa and into 15th place after their third successive game without a win, admitted FA Cup final fever has had an effect on his side. Attention in East Yorkshire has been focused firmly on the May 17 trip to Wembley since last month’s semi-final success over Sheffield United, but Bruce has been battling hard to keep his players on the task at hand. As yet, it is a battle he has been losing. “I’ve said for the last couple of weeks we have to keep focused,” he said. “The whole city is talking about the FA Cup final and why shouldn’t it be? But it’s been very, very difficult to keep a lid on it when we’ve still got a little bit of work to do. “It’s at the forefront of everybody’s mind and that’s only human nature because it’s something we’re all looking forward to. “But we didn’t do enough to win this game. We were so sloppy, awful in our defending. “We didn’t get started and didn’t show that resilience you need to win a game or draw a game in the Premier League.” But Lambert, whose own future is uncertain as a result of perceived instability at the top, has no inside track. Asked what developments he expected at boardroom level, the Scot said: “You’re asking me a question I can’t give an answer to and that’s me being honest. “The chairman will come out and say what he’s going to say and I really don’t know what he will say. His statement is what it is. I understand what has gone on in the last few weeks and I’m pretty sure people will find out soon.” Lambert was more comfortable reflecting on footballing matters, with a first win in seven matches delivered by Ashley Westwood’s opener inside the first minute and a pair of headers from Andreas Weimann. Pressure had been mounting by the week and Lambert was pleased to see the response he wanted both on and off the field. “The crowd was excellent,” he said. “I think people were probably thinking there would be some animosity towards myself – and if that happens you’ve got to accept it – but the start we got put everybody in a good frame of mind. “This game was huge. I’ve been involved in some massive games before, but the pressure on this one was incredible.
Northern Ireland’s clash against Romania has been billed as the country’s biggest match in 30 years and manager Michael O’Neill accepts victory would represent “a massive stride” towards Euro 2016. O’Neill is mindful not to overfeed the hype machine but realises victory at Windsor Park on Saturday would leave his team in a handsome position. “I’ve said all along that we have to take each game as it comes – the same old manager speak, same old manager answers – but this is a game where we can really take a massive stride,” he said. “Our objective is to get to 18 points as soon as possible and we have the opportunity to reach 15 this weekend. “Equally, if the result doesn’t go our way we’d still be second in the group with four games to go. “With regards to the hype and what’s being said it doesn’t really influence me, and I don’t think the team think about that. “It’s not as though it’s a ‘last chance saloon’ type of game. The best way to describe it is that the upside of winning far outweighs the downside of losing and that’s a nice position to be in.” O’Neill finished fifth in his maiden campaign, picking up just one win and seven points, but has overseen a dramatic shift in fortunes since being awarded a new deal by the Irish FA. He pitched for a top-three finish in Group F, enough to bring a play-off place, but three points would see his side spend the summer on top of the pile. O’Neill’s side have been one of the continent’s surprise packages in qualification, collecting 12 points from a possible 15 in Group F to sit second behind their weekend opponents. That haul is more than Italy or Germany have managed from the same number of games and the same as Spain, a remarkable return for a nation ranked among the fifth seeds when the draw was made, and hopes of a first major tournament since the 1986 World Cup are reaching fever pitch in Ulster. “Our objective last September was to be in the top three,” he said. “With the results we’ve had so far that objective is now to finish in the top two. “If we were to win the group, fantastic, but our main aim is to maintain the gap that exists between ourselves, Hungary and Finland. “If we can increase that deficit it will have been a positive weekend for us.” The match will once again take place in a stadium that is in the midst of a dramatic reconstruction, with just two stands in place following the demolition of the Kop. Having already won both their matches since building work began, O’Neill has no qualms about the environment but hopes the unusual scene might unnerve the opposition. Asked by a Romanian journalist if the state of Windsor Park was an issue for his side, O’Neill laughed: “No, you should have seen it before! “It’s not been a problem for our players, but hopefully it is for the Romanians. It’ s slightly unnatural but the players have coped well and won the last two home games. There’ll be 10,000 fans, an excellent atmosphere and hopefully a positive result.” Press Association