It was cuddles all round at Belfast International Airport….and for a very good cause. More than ninety P1 and P2 pupils from two Antrim primary schools, Greystone and St Comgall’s, rushed to give ‘Kuddles’ the Bear as many hugs as possible in two minutes, raising £5 every time the bear got a cuddle.
Kinship Care is a charity that provides support for children who cannot be cared for by their own parents and are being raised by other family members. The airport offered their support to the charity
‘Cuddles for Kuddles’ was the last event in a number the airport had run to support Kinship Care. Over the Christmas period, airport employees collected food for hampers and held a sponsored ‘Christmas jumper’ day and after the hug-athon, Kinship Care had benefited to the tune of £2,000 from the airport.
Jaclyn Coulter from Belfast International Airport said: “We are delighted that the children from Greystone and St Comgall’s Primary Schools were able to come along to help us cuddle ‘Kuddles’.
“When one of our employees suggested linking with Kinship Care, we found out more about what they do. I hope that our donation will help them continue to provide much needed support for families throughout Northern Ireland.”
Kinship Care‘s Glena McDowell-Khan thanked the airport for their help: “Each year, Kinship Care helps families who find themselves raising over family members. ‘Kuddles’ worked hard today with over 90 hugs from the pupils. Our thanks go to everyone at Belfast International Airport for their support”
After a reviving cuppa, ‘Kuddles’ said: “It was hectic and great fun for the children. It was great getting the active involvement of the two schools for such a worthy cause. It was a super event. Now, I’m heading back into the woods to recover from so many cuddles!”