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Employees of a leading Irish company have raised €360,000 for two Irish charities in the largest sum ever donated in a single year by a company.

Irish Life employees raised the funds throughout 2018, with its 2,400 employees participating in different fundraising initiatives.

The company then matched the amount raised by the employees, to reach the final €360,000 total.

This year, the charities chosen by Irish Life staff are the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association, an organisation dedicated to working with people living with MND and their families and carers, and Remember Us, which provides a unique social outlet to people with special needs and their families.

Each charity this year will receive a donation of €180,000 to help provide essential support services, ongoing equipment needs, and critical research funding.

This is the largest amount ever raised by Irish Life in one year and equates to almost €1,000 raised every day by staff this year.

Irish Life employees took part in several different fundraising activities this year for the chosen charities.

These activities included more than 185 staff taking part in Hell and Back, 125 staff completing the Great Dublin Bike Ride, 200 staff participating in a Last Man Standing weekly soccer prediction competition, table quizzes, a Ticket Fairy competition for monthly salary contributors, and additional funds from staff who ran marathons and competed in triathlons throughout the year.

Commenting on the donation, David Harney, chief executive of Irish Life, said: “We are delighted to donate this significant amount to two very worthy charities this year.

“The spirit of serving communities in which we’re based and supporting those in need is a key part of our culture in Irish Life, and this donation to the IMNDA and Remember Us reflects that.

“I’m very proud of our staff for really getting behind this initiative each year and being so supportive of our fundraising initiatives and giving their time for such worthy causes.”

Each year, the Irish Life Staff Charities committee shortlists a number of Irish charities to receive donations collected throughout the year, and the final two are selected by Irish Life employees.

Since its inception, the Irish Life Staff Charities initiative has raised in excess of €2.9 million for a wide range of Irish and international charities.