Enablement through Charity Giving
One of Brian’s biggest strengths was his generosity. Charitable and Community contributions were an important part of his ethos to give back.
Brian was a very private man therefore many of the stories of his remarkable kindness and what he did for others only really came to light post his passing. These contributions were often done quietly under the radar, but they made a difference when they were needed most. Our Foundation wishes to continue with the spirit of Brian’s kindness by donating to charities embedded in the community that were close to his heart.
When our son, Kevin, was killed in a hit and run incident in New York in 2013 and we were in turmoil and despair wondering how we would get Kevin home – and how we were able to afford it – we were informed through a very trusted intermediary that Brian had our backs and that Kevin would be coming home. No fanfare (not Brian’s way) but typical of the man.
As it turned out we did not need to avail of Brian’s generosity but this quiet goodness along with the the amazing support of the people of Newry inspired us to set up the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust which now offers the same comfort and relief to families throughout Ireland devastated by the loss of loved ones abroad as Brian’s offer did for us.
Ni bheidh a leitheid aris.
Collie Bell, founder Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust
Brian donated to various charities & supported charitable events locally & nationally. However there were five specific charities that he donated to annually at Christmas time without fail. The foundation wishes to keep this tradition alive and on an annual basis we will continue to support each of these charities from our funds.
Simon Community NI is Northern Ireland’s leading homeless charity. It is a community of homeless people and volunteers living and working together in a spirit of acceptance, tolerance and understanding.
SAHS provides invaluable support and care to people living within the Southern Health Board Area, who are suffering from Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease and AIDS.
Established in 1973, the Gateway Club’s mission is to recognise the continuing role of people with learning disabilities in the Community and endeavor to raise an awareness of the benefits of participation in an active lifestyle.
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