Boxer McGlinchey urges Derry to Beat the Banker

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Derry boxing star Sean McGlinchey has urged the city to get behind a major Beat The Banker event in aid of Foyle Search and Rescue and a local Irish school.

The ‘Deal or No Deal’ type live event is being staged by local charity One Big Fundraiser in conjunction with Gaelscoil na Daróige. It will take place in the City Hotel on Thursday November 13th at 8pm.

The Mayor, Councillor Brenda Stevenson pictured launching the "Beat the Banker" fundraising night, which will be held in the City Hotel on the 13th of November by Lee Gooch Productions to raise funds for Foyle Search and Rescue at Gaelscoil na Daroige. Included are from left, back row, Michelle McLaughlin, One Big Fundraiser, Blaithin Shiels, Gaelscoil na Daroige, Lee Gooch, Fiona McDaid, One Big Fundraiser, Corey Hanna, Gaelscoil Na Daroige, and Adrian Boyd, Foyle Search and Rescue, front row, Gerard Doherty, Doherty's Bakery, sponsor, Sean McGlinchey, Commonwealth Games bronze medal winning boxer, Ciaran McLaughlin, and Paul Smith, Foyle Search and Rescue. DER3914-102KM

The Mayor, Councillor Brenda Stevenson pictured launching the "Beat the Banker" fundraising night, which will be held in the City Hotel on the 13th of November by Lee Gooch Productions to raise funds for Foyle Search and Rescue at Gaelscoil na Daroige. Included are from left, back row, Michelle McLaughlin, One Big Fundraiser, Blaithin Shiels, Gaelscoil na Daroige, Lee Gooch, Fiona McDaid, One Big Fundraiser, Corey Hanna, Gaelscoil Na Daroige, and Adrian Boyd, Foyle Search and Rescue, front row, Gerard Doherty, Doherty's Bakery, sponsor, Sean McGlinchey, Commonwealth Games bronze medal winning boxer, Ciaran McLaughlin, and Paul Smith, Foyle Search and Rescue. DER3914-102KM

Tickets are now on sale at the City Hotel reception and the Gaelscoil, priced at £10. It will be decided via a draw on the night which entrants will then go on to face the banker.

Speaking at the launch, Sean McGlinchey, Commonwealth boxing bronze medallist said: “This is a well known charity in Derry. It needs all the resources it can get, and anybody in Derry who can help should come out and help Foyle Search and Rescue, who play such a vital part in the city.”

Blaithin ni Shiail from Gaelscoil na Daróige said that they were delighted to be teaming up with the team at One Big Fundraiser, who have already raised thousands to help Foyle Search & Rescue realise their ambitions for an expanded premises.

Adrian Boyd, vice-chairman of FS&R said: “I would like to say thanks for One Big Fundraiser for organising Beat The Banker. It’s a great cause that they are raising money for and I’d ask everybody to get involved in it.”

Mayor of Derry Brenda Stevenson added: “I don’t think there is anybody in this city that can underestimate the work FS&R do in terms of educating our young people, keeping them safe and also the great job they do in and around the river when there is a tragedy around there. FS&R are highly respected so as Mayor and First Citizen I am delighted to be here to be able to support this event.”

Main sponsors for the event so far include: Don’t Bin, Cash In, Bistro 9, The Bentley Bar, The Magnet Bar, Taxi Co and Doherty’s Bakery.