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Town Progressive staff raise £2,500 in Elizabeth’s memory

Pictured are, from left, Lynne Lyness, branch manager at Progressive in Portadown, David McMeekin, Southern Area Hospice corporate fundraiser Fiona Stephens and Darina Armstrong, chief executive of Progressive Building Society.  have raised �2,500 for a local charity after taking part in a sponsored walk in memory of a former colleague. Staff from all of Progressives branches across Northern Ireland came together to take part in the walk in memory of Elizabeth McMeekin, who was the branch manager at Progressive in Portadown before sadly passing away in 2010.108 fundraisers walked the Lagan towpath and were joined on the day by Elizabeths husband David, their son Wayne, his wife and two grandchildren. The walk raised �2,500 for the Southern Area Hospice in Newry and the charity was presented with the money at a special event at Progressives Portadown branch.
Darina Armstrong, Chief Executive of Progressive Building Society, said: Elizabeth was a much loved member of our team and we wanted to do something t

Pictured are, from left, Lynne Lyness, branch manager at Progressive in Portadown, David McMeekin, Southern Area Hospice corporate fundraiser Fiona Stephens and Darina Armstrong, chief executive of Progressive Building Society. have raised �2,500 for a local charity after taking part in a sponsored walk in memory of a former colleague. Staff from all of Progressives branches across Northern Ireland came together to take part in the walk in memory of Elizabeth McMeekin, who was the branch manager at Progressive in Portadown before sadly passing away in 2010.108 fundraisers walked the Lagan towpath and were joined on the day by Elizabeths husband David, their son Wayne, his wife and two grandchildren. The walk raised �2,500 for the Southern Area Hospice in Newry and the charity was presented with the money at a special event at Progressives Portadown branch. Darina Armstrong, Chief Executive of Progressive Building Society, said: Elizabeth was a much loved member of our team and we wanted to do something t

The husband of a former manager of the Progressive Building Society in Portadown has praised her former work colleagues for a special fund raising walk in her memory.

Staff from Progressive Building Society, Northern Ireland’s largest locally-owned financial institution, raised £2,500 for a local charity after taking part in a sponsored walk in memory of Elizabeth McMeekin.

Employees from branches across Northern Ireland came together to take part in the walk in memory of Elizabeth who was the branch manager at Progressive in Portadown before sadly passing away in 2010, just six weeks before her 57th birthday.

In all 108 fund raisers walked the Lagan towpath and were joined on the day by Elizabeth’s husband David, their son Wayne, his wife Karen, grandchildren Harry and Alexander, David’s brother John and his wife Lesley.

The walk raised £2,500 for the Southern Area Hospice in Newry and the charity was presented with the money at a special event at Progressive’s Portadown branch.

“The turnout was magnificent,” said David. “Progressive employees came from all over the province, even as far away as Londonderry.

“I’ve never known a company to do this for a former colleague. It was a very nice thing to arrange and maybe other companies should think of doing something similar.”

In her early working life Elizabeth worked with the Southern Health and Social Services.

“But she always wanted to work in a building society,” said David. “She started at the bottom and worked her way up to becoming a branch manager.”

Darina Armstrong, chief executive of Progressive Building Society, said, “Elizabeth was a much loved member of our team and we wanted to do something to raise some money for a charity that is very close to her family’s heart.

“Staff from across Northern Ireland took part in the walk and raised a fantastic amount of money for the Hospice and I’m delighted to be able to present them with a cheque for £2,500.”

 

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