Blog Post

July 24, 2023

£14k Raised to Support Local Cancer Research

£14,000 was raised by architects across Northern Ireland in 2022. The funds raised through the ask an architect initiative, organised by the RSUA and The Jill Todd Trust, went towards supporting local cancer research through Friends of the Cancer Centre. The scheme, which is sponsored by Progressive Building Society and NIE Networks, brings the total raised through the initiative to more than £70,000.

Ian Hunter – NIE Networks, Nuala Bannon – Friends of the Cancer Centre, Ciarán Fox – Royal Society of Ulster Architects, Barrie Todd – The Jill Todd Trust, Darina Armstrong – Progressive Building Society

Ana Wilkinson, Head of Fundraising, Friends of the Cancer Centre commented “We are grateful for the continued support of the public, RSUA, The Jill Todd Trust, NIE Networks, and Progressive Building Society in raising vital funds for local cancer research through ‘ask an architect’. This year’s initiative will once again provide valuable support and guidance for those planning building projects while making a real difference to families across Northern Ireland.”

Ask an Architect allows members of the public to book an hour-long consultation with a chartered architect in return for a minimum donation of £40. The consultation can be centred around a real or perspective domestic building project and is open to community and voluntary groups, sports clubs, churches, or anyone who is thinking about renovating their building/home or designing a new one.

Ciaran Fox, RSUA Director, said, “It is brilliant that once again architects have come together to raise such vital funds for a very worthy cause. I would like to thank both the architects who continue to give up their time to participate in the initiative as well as the many people throughout Northern Ireland who make bookings. I am proud that the scheme continues to support the work of the Friends of the Cancer Centre by showcasing our architects doing what they do best; helping clients to develop and realise their ideas.”

Architects who participate in the scheme offer advice on everything from choosing a site and securing planning approval to interior design and energy consumption. Consultations can happen at any stage of a project, whether clients are developing ideas or putting on the finishing touches. Every penny from every consultation goes to support local cancer research.

Edel Creery, NIE Networks, commented:

“NIE Networks was thrilled to once again join forces with RSUA and The Jill Todd Trust to bring ‘ask an architect’ to the public. We would like to express our gratitude to the generous architects who volunteer their time and expertise, as well as to the members of the public who participate in the initiative.

Darina Armstrong, Progressive Building Society, commented:

“Progressive Building Society has helped people acquire their homes in communities across Northern Ireland for over a century. We are delighted to continue our support for the ask an architect scheme which brings together would-be clients with experienced chartered architects, whilst raising a fantastic amount of money for a great cause – local cancer research.”

The RSUA team would also like to offer our sincere thanks to everyone who took part in the 2023 Belfast City Marathon on behalf of Ask an Architect.