A Sure Start to Christmas cheer

The staff of Sure Start Edenballymore, which covers the Fountain, Creggan and the Bogside celebrate the Christmas Holidays by telling their customers 'All I want For Christmas is you.' Checkout the video on youtube.com

The staff of Sure Start Edenballymore, which covers the Fountain, Creggan and the Bogside celebrate the Christmas Holidays by telling their customers 'All I want For Christmas is you.' Checkout the video on youtube.com

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The staff of Sure Start Edenballymore have certainly brought much joy to countless families across Derry this year, so when it came time for yuletide cheer, they decided to push the boat out. Instead of sending the customary Christmas cards, the staff decided to sing their clients a song, namely a cover of Mariah Carey’s ‘All I want For Christmas is You.’

Sure Start, Edenballymore work with children aged up to four years old from the Creggan, Bogside, Brandywell, Fountain and Strand Road areas of the City.

Over twenty members of staff contributed a few lines each to the song, much in the style of Band Aid’s ‘Do they Know it’s Christmas?’ The song was first released in 1994 however it has had to wait until 2011 and this particular collection of Derry women before it was performed as it should be! Sure Start manager, Deirdre McDaid said the project begun back in September. “Rather than send out lots and lots of Christmas cards we decided to record a video. The editing by Decky Nelis is fantastic. Obviously with all the children around we have been gearing up for Christmas for some time.

“All the staff deserve a big thank you not only for the video but for helping with our Saint Vincent de Paul and Salvation Army Christmas Hampers appeal.

“We would like to wish all our users a Very Happy Christmas and we look forward to working with them all again in the New Year.”

The full video can be seen on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpiIgZyIhT8