£10,000 raised for orphanage

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More than £10,000 has been raised in a charity fundraising event to help transform the lives of children in a Romanian orphanage.

The charity night in Da Vinci’s was held recently to raise money to improve the lives of Romanian children with special needs being housed at the Codlea Orphanage.

The money will now be used to re-fit the ground floor of the orphanage and help the staff meet the children’s needs by providing training, soft flooring, specialist equipment, beds and sensory resources.

North-West Romanian Children’s Project (NWRCP) representative, John McMonagle from Omega, will be project director for the new works.

NWRCP chairperson, Nigel Sproule, said the generosity of local people and those who had given up their time to fundraise for the charity has been “absolutely superb.”

He added that NWRCP was engaged in projects across three floors at the Codlea Orphanage. The first floor houses children with mild to severe disabilities and includes young babies through to teenagers.

The second floor houses children with less special needs, up to the age of 18.

The third floor, meanwhile, is a specialist unit for young mothers to help guide them and equip them with parenting skills.

Mr. Sproule runs another arm of the charity, the Home For the Holidays Project, which sees local families in Derry hosting orphaned children from Romania for three weeks at Christmas and three weeks in the summer each year.

There are currently 12 children from Romania staying with families in the city, including 13-year-old Madalina, who has been hosted by Nigel and his wife since she was five, and who normally resides in an orphanage in Fagaras built by people from the North West.

The NWRCP is seeking more host families and anyone wishing to find out information about hosting or getting involved with the charity is asked to make contact via their Facebook page: ‘NW Romanian Children’s Project’.