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Norbrook and Grassmen sponsor Harper Ireland student society

Posted 8 July 2014

“Norbrook is like Harper Adams, an organisation with proud roots but with global ambitions."

Members of Harper Ireland in their new jackets (click to view larger image).

The Harper Ireland student society is delighted to be supported by two new corporate sponsors, Norbrook Laboratories (Northern Ireland) and Grassmen. 

 “We’d like to thank both our primary sponsor Norbrook and the Grassmen for choosing to give financial backing to the Harper Ireland. The money will help the society to continue to develop,” said chairman Adam Patterson, an engineering student from Crumlin, Co Antrim. Both companies logos feature on new Harper Ireland jackets proudly worn by the students. 

Edward Haughey, Director of Norbrook Laboratories Ltd, said: “Norbrook is like Harper Adams, an organisation with proud roots but with global ambitions in a world where industrialisation of farming and the growing population of pets drive prospects for our industry tomorrow.

“Norbrook is delighted to be in partnership with both Harper Adams students and alumni, who represent the highest standard in education globally.”

The Harper Ireland society is one of the most popular student clubs at the university. “We have nearly 100 members and with more joining every year,” Adam added. “It’s important for us to keep an active society calendar and to provide a support network from students from Ireland who have travelled across to England to study at Harper Adams University. 

“One key aim this year, thanks to the new sponsorship, is to increase the student scholarships we award.”

Students Anthony Robb, from Lifford, County Donegal, and David Boyd, from Ballymena, County Antrim, were each presented with Harper Ireland scholarships worth £250 each at the society’s annual dinner earlier this year. 

The dinner is one of the highlights of the Harper Ireland social calendar, the other being Paddy’s Ball – which is organised by the Irish students and is always a huge hit with the entire student body. 

“We have decided to donate the profits from the 2014 ball to the campaign being run by fellow students to raise money for CLIC Sargent, in memory of Guy Bishop,” Adam added.  

Harper Adams student Guy had passed away in February this year after being diagnosed with brain cancer. Students are aiming to raise £10,000 in his name. 

Other Harper Ireland activities over the last year have included go-karting, barbecues and general socialising. The students have also introduced gaelic football to the campus sporting calendar, introducing students from throughout the UK and beyond to the game. 

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