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The PST Annual Report April 2008 - March 2009


Once again this year the Trust has been inundated with letters and cards of gratitude in acknowledgement of services and assistance given to our clients during the past year. A number of these acknowledgements have been reproduced and may be viewed at Section 7 of this report.

Our core commitment remains to deliver services and support in the following areas:

Health care
Support services
Life planning

On the 2nd August last the Robin Halward Golf Tournament was played at Massereene Golf Club, Antrim amid glorious sunshine. After a delicious meal the overall winner, Mark McClelland was presented with the Trophy, as well as a golf bag and gift vouchers by Board Director, Mr John Steele.

Again this year the Trust organised a number of educational and cultural trips and events for the medically retired clients and widows. These included the Chelsea Flower Show, Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Blackpool lights, Christmas Market at York and the Mother Goose pantomime at the Grand Opera House. Christmas lunches were held in Banbridge, La Mon House Hotel and Lodge Hotel, Coleraine; all three were well attended.

During the month of July an Art Exhibition was held at the Trust’s offices at Hydebank; Board Member the Right Hon. Jeffrey Donaldson MP, MLA was the Guest of Honour and judge; the overall winner was Mr Mike Carlton for his painting of Ballintoy Harbour. Also in July a lunch and Certificate Presentation for the IT students (both Belfast and Coleraine) was held at Portrush.

The Trust continues to provide its clients with various courses in Coleraine, Markethill and Hydebank. These include accredited I.T training, Art classes, guitar lessons, flower arranging, aromatherapy and reflexology. All of these classes have proved to be extremely popular with our clients and in cases were over subscribed.

General knowledge quizzes took place at Lisburn and Coleraine with the finals being held in the Comfort Hotel, Antrim; winners were the ‘Wrinkles’ from the North West.

During the month of November at Hydebank Chinese and Indian Cultural evenings were held and proved a popular success.

This year the Bursary Awards of £500.00 to the children of serving officers was increased from 12 to 20 recipients. The recipients were either commencing or were already at third level education.This year the awards were presented by Board Member, Alban Maginness MLA.

During February the Board appointed Philip Wilce as full time administrator and in March Barry Fisher as part time outreach worker.

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