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PSNI present cheque for £108k to mental health & addiction charity

L-R Kerry Anthony MBE, Inspire Group Chief Executive and Detective Inspector Joanne Harris from the Economic Crime Unit

Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Economic Crime Unit have handed over a cheque for over £100,000 to a local charity.


The sum amount of £108,125 was raised, with the majority through tackling illegal gambling (£96,000), and has been presented to Inspire.


Inspire is an all-island charity and social enterprise, which provides recovery based mental health and addiction services in communities. Services include counselling, mutual aid partnerships, family support, floating support, advocacy and supported housing services.


Detective Inspector Joanne Harris said:

“We are delighted to donate this sum of money to Inspire, who work together with people living with mental ill health, intellectual disability, autism and addictions to ensure they live with dignity and realise their full potential.


“Gambling is an issue that affects people from all walks of life. Illegal gambling is not a victimless crime. There are real issues around addiction and exposing people to the culture of gambling and Northern Ireland is no different to any other jurisdiction.


“Organisations such as Inspire play a crucial role in providing support and help for those in need.


“We are proactive in tackling illegal gambling and work alongside our partners and local communities to increase awareness of the issues, dangers, responsibilities and possible consequences. Anyone with concerns or information about illegal gambling should contact police on the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”


Kerry Anthony MBE, Inspire Group Chief Executive added:

“This extremely generous donation from the Police Service of Northern Ireland will have a life-changing impact on the people who use our services, their families and the wider community. In our services we see the devastating consequences that addictions, including to illegal gambling, can have on people, families and communities. However, every day in Inspire we also see how, with the right support, people can turn their lives around. It is very heartening that the money obtained through a negative means will ultimately have such a positive influence.”


To find out more about the work of Inspire Wellbeing, please see:


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