ICAP merges with Birmingham Irish Association to host a fundraising event


Two of the biggest charities that provide support services to vulnerable Irish people living in the West Midlands have teamed-up for the first time ever to hold a joint fundraiser.

Birmingham Irish Association and ICAP West Midlands are holding the joint fundraising dinner at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham, on Saturday November 7 – for what promises to be one of the biggest fundraising events in the Midland Irish calendar this year.

The two charities have worked together for a number of years and say they hope this inaugural event will prove to be the first of many.

ICAP (Immigrant Counselling & Psychotherapy) is a registered charity with clinical centres in London and Digbeth.

Originally founded to meet the mental health needs of Irish immigrants resident in Britain, it still works largely with this group – both those who have settled here and those who have arrived more recently. It also works with people of Irish heritage.

Birmingham Irish Association aims to enhance the lives of Irish people living across the Greater Birmingham area through its advice and support services.

The fundraising dinner starts at 7pm with a drinks reception, followed by a three-course dinner and will be rounded off with live music and entertainment until around 1am.

Speaking about the event, Birmingham Irish Association CEO Maurice Malone said: “BIA and ICAP both provide support services to vulnerable Irish people living in the West Midlands.

“The two charities have had a strong working relationship for many years, and, with a view to providing a more holistic service to our Irish clients in the West Midlands for the future, we hope that this will be the start of many joint ventures.

“Every pound raised will go directly towards providing frontline services to ICAP and BIA clients. The proceeds from the event will be split equally between the two organisations to provide vital support services to vulnerable Irish people living in the West Midlands.”

“We are delighted to announce that award-winning BBC radio personality and entertainer Bob Brolly MBE will be joining us as our guest MC for evening.

“In addition to this, we will be treated to a performance by comedienne Jo Enright, and live music from Ceoltas, and soul tribute band The Committed.

Tickets to the event are already selling fast and organisers hope it will be a sell-out.

They cost £60 per person, or people can block-buy a table of eight for £480, or a table of 10 for £600.

To book online visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/birmingham-irish-association-icaps-inaugural-joint-fundraising-dinner-tickets-17306458082.

Alternatively email events@icap.org.uk.