Foyle Hospice says thanks to Foyleside

Ellen Hall (Left) and Anna McCarthy (right). Caroline Casey (Centre) Manager of cosmetics dept in Debenhams.
Ellen Hall (Left) and Anna McCarthy (right). Caroline Casey (Centre) Manager of cosmetics dept in Debenhams.

A pop up shop run in Foyleside Shopping Centre during the festive period was a huge success says a local charity.

The Foyle Hospice said the shop was a huge boost over the Christmas period and thanked management and staff at the centre

'Hospice Harry (centre) joins Foyle Hospice CEO, Donall Henderson to thank Fergal Rafferty, General Manager Foyleside Shopping Centre.  Through a number of initiatives at Foyleside during the month of December a total of �7,800 was raised for Foyle Hospice'

'Hospice Harry (centre) joins Foyle Hospice CEO, Donall Henderson to thank Fergal Rafferty, General Manager Foyleside Shopping Centre. Through a number of initiatives at Foyleside during the month of December a total of �7,800 was raised for Foyle Hospice'

During the month of December the hospice ran a Christmas Hamper ticket sales desk manned by dedicated volunteers, a gift wrapping service in conjunction with Debenhams Manager Ray Hetherington, and a Christmas gift donations and wrapping store on level 2 next to Wallis.

Ciaran McGinley, Head of Fundraising said: “We were absolutely delighted to be offered this retail unit in Foyleside. It really did make a huge difference to Foyle Hospice this year, especially in relation to our Light up a Life Appeal, Christmas cards and promotion of our Weekly Draw, which proved a popular gift”.

Foyleside Manager Fergal Rafferty explained that they were only too pleased to support Foyle Hospice as one of the most prominent local charities in the city.

“Foyleside was delighted to accommodate Foyle Hospice and our shoppers with a gift wrapping service in the Centre throughout the Christmas period,” he said.

The pop up shop raised just over £3,300 in addition to the Christmas Hamper ticket sales which was almost £1,500 and the gift wrapping service outside Debenhams amounting to almost £3,000. The total amount through all these initiatives was approximately £7,800 thanks to the extremely generous festive shoppers at Foyleside and the wider local community.

Donall Henderson, CEO at Foyle Hospice added, “We are thrilled that Foyleside considers the Foyle Hospice as a nominated charity, especially as both organisations celebrate significant milestones in 2015”.

“I would like to thank Fergal Rafferty and his team at Foyleside,” he said.