The Merchant Hotel is celebrating after raising over £11,000 for the MacDermott Ward at the Ulster Hospital.

The funds, which were raised through a variety of fundraising initiatives including last season’s Fashion Teas, will now be used by the MacDermott Ward to improve patient comfort and create an area for teenage patients to relax.

The MacDermott ward will use this money to improve patient comfort in the unit, as well as to create an area for teenage patients to relax.

Gavin Carroll, General Manager at the Merchant Hotel celebrates raising over £11,000 for the MacDermott Ward at the Ulster Hospital with Caroline Lynas, Macmillan Service Improvement manager for cancer services

Gavin Carroll, General Manager at the Merchant Hotel celebrates raising over £11,000 for the MacDermott Ward at the Ulster Hospital with Caroline Lynas, Macmillan Service Improvement manager for cancer services

The unit has also been working with local artists to create artwork for the ward and improve the environment for all age groups.

This isn’t the first time Belfast’s only 5-Star Hotel has helped a worthwhile cause. In 2014, the award-winning hotel announced a hearty new charity partnership, to raise thousands to help fight some of the most prevalent diseases affecting people in Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke (NICHS) was named as the luxury hotel’s charity partner that year, and it benefited from a range of high profile awareness and fundraising activities, helping aid its work in research, health promotion, rehabilitation and care for those affected by chest, heart and stroke conditions.

It raised £7,000 for the charity, through a variety of fundraising initiatives and also organised a special tea party for 25 carers whose loved ones were affected by a chest, heart or stroke illness.

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