Newry on Ice workers receive £5,000 from JC Campbell fundraiser

February 17, 2014

The generous community of Newry and Mourne has received much praise and thanks for its efforts over the last number of weeks to raise funds for the unpaid employees of  the disastrous “Newry on Ice – Winter Wonderland” event, staged in the city’s Albert Basin over the Christmas and New Year period.

Philip Gaffney’s failed £1.5 million Winter Wonderland fiasco packed up leaving debts of £13k owed to over 30 employees and thousands more owed to rental businesses for marquees and generators.

Since the swindled employees publicised their plight via their ‘Newry on Ice Unpaid Staff’ Facebook page in January, the entire community has shown its support, with bucket collections taking place throughout Newry and Warrenpoint.

Car dealership JC Campbell also stepped up to the plate, generating a unique fund for the young staff members.  The Rostrevor company pledged to donate £100 from every vehicle sold in January to be put into a special fundraising pot for the ice staff.

Last week the generous car dealership announced that fundraising was complete with a final total of £5,000 raised for the beleaguered workers!

A company spokesperson thanked everyone who had purchased a car from JC Campbell in January and said,

“Hopefully this goes a long way to righting the terrible wrong that that the Newry On Ice organisers/scammers are responsible for.”

The delighted Newry on Ice workers issued a statement expressing their gratitude to the people and businesses who supported them in their financial ordeal, extending particular thanks to JC Campbell for the “fantastic” sum raised which they say is a “great boost towards the cause.”

The group also thanked Newry and Mourne District Council for “continuing to help find ways and means of getting us what was rightfully ours.”

The statement continued, “Also thanking Brenda Reeves and Roisin Goss who organised a bucket collection at different locations throughout the Newry and Mourne area and also to Helena McSherry and Cara Malone from Newry Trades Council who worked tirelessly right from the word go to bring our campaign of injustice to the public media and higher powers to help highlight our situation and work towards getting back what we are rightfully owed.

“These individuals, organisations and the entire community have pulled together to help put right what these so-called Newry on Ice owners (conmen) did wrong, leaving the Newry on ice workers, many of whom were students, returning to school and college with no income after working in all conditions all over the festive season.

“We the workers are entirely grateful for the help, support and guidance we have been shown and given and for this we will be forever indebted.”