May Blood worked in linen mills in Belfast for more than 30 years and in 1996 she was awarded an MBE for her work in labour relations. In 1999 she became the first Northern Ireland woman to be given a life peerage. In 2006 Baroness Blood was voted BBC Northern Ireland ‘Woman of the Year’ by listeners of Radio Ulster. She holds Honorary Doctorates from Ulster University, the Open University and Queen’s University Belfast.
In 2000 May joined the IEF Northern Ireland Team as a volunteer fundraiser and in 2002 became Chair of the Fund’s Campaign Council. Since then Baroness Blood has attended many IEF functions, school openings etc; here are pictures of some of them.
The Integrated Education Fund has attracted support from many key figures from the worlds of business, the arts and entertainment, sport and politics. We have welcomed celebrities to our fundraising events and accompanied our high-profile supporters to schools around Northern Ireland. We are very grateful for the public endorsement these famous friends of the IEF give to integrated education and to our work in Northern Ireland. We have built up quite a catalogue of famous faces; here are some of them.
A glorious spring afternoon’s racing was just one highlight of the Integrated Education Fund’s celebration at Down Royal Racecourse on St Patrick’s Day. Around a hundred high-profile guests were welcomed by Baroness Blood, the IEF’s Campaign Chair. The guests were entertained by Tim McGarry and the young dancers before enjoying a delicious lunch and an exciting afternoon’s racing. This special event raised funds for our work developing and supporting integrated schools. Here are some of the pictures.
“Stand Up for Integrated Education” brought top names together on stage as mentalist David Meade was joined by comedians Tim McGarry, Neil Dougan, Colin Murphy and Wendy Wason, generously giving their time in support of the IEF. Here are some of the pictures.
Talented young artists and performers from around Northern Ireland gathered to celebrate their work at a special showcase event which demonstrated the continuing legacy of the late and legendary Frank Carson. The comedian’s family sponsors the annual Carson Awards programme, run by the Integrated Education Fund.
This year Frank’s son Tony delivered the news that the IEF would receive an additional gift of £50,000 thanks to a donation from the estate of his late parents. Tony Carson, a successful entrepreneur and businessman, joined the awards ceremony and showcase at Hazelwood Integrated College. Here are some of the pictures.
Janice Marshall, principal of Drumlins Integrated Primary School, has told an audience of distinguished guests at the House of Lords that the success of her school owes much to determined campaigners and loyal supporters. The primary school in Ballynahinch has grown from small beginnings to become the most over-subscribed primary school in the area.
Janice Marshall was speaking at a gathering of around 100 Integrated Education Fund donors and advocates at special dinner at Westminster hosted by the IEF campaign chair, Baroness May Blood. The dinner was generously supported by the family of the late Frank Carson. Here are some of the pictures.
Top media executive David Montgomery and his wife Sophie, alongside actor Adrian Dunbar, hosted a Summer Drinks reception for the Integrated Education Fund in Kensington, London last night to highlight the relevance of integrated education in Northern Ireland.
Attended by over 60 guests including high profile business people, personalities, politicians and former Integrated AlumNI, the event also celebrated the IEF’s 25th anniversary.
Local actor Stephen Hagan and his wife, comedienne Wendy Wason, as well as Stiff Little Finger’s Ali McMordie, broadcaster Maxine Mawhinney, BAFTA’s Deputy Chair, Anne Morrison and Campaign Chair Baroness Blood were among those in attendance united by a motivation to ‘put something back into the society they grew up in’ said Adrian Dunbar who is presently starring in BBC drama Broken. Here are some of the pictures.