Happy Faces as Derry fundraising bags £7500

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A Derry mum who heads up a support group for parents and children born with a cleft lip and/or palette says she’s overwhelmed after a series of local events raised almost £7,500.

Laura O’Neill, whose four year old son Scott is among the 200,000 Irish children born each year with a cleft lip and cleft palette, acts as the NI parent contact for Clapa (Cleft Lip and Palette Association) and has established the north’s first Happy Faces support group.

Then Deputy Mayor Mary Hamilton pictured with the Clapa walkers who took on Derry's three bridges as part of local fundraising events that raised close to �7500

Then Deputy Mayor Mary Hamilton pictured with the Clapa walkers who took on Derry's three bridges as part of local fundraising events that raised close to �7500

Recent fundraising has seen around 150 walkers take on Derry’s three bridges while Laura’s brother ran the Derry marathon. Local businesses also lent their support - Macon’s Bar Claudy, Ulster Bank, Strabane, Boots Chemist in Foyleside, Tesco Lisnagelvin, Seasons Harvest, Claudy and O’Kanes Butchers - while a collection was held at the Brandywell during Derry’s home game with Cork.

“Really I want to celebrate how much we have raised,” Laura says.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported me during these events and to everyone who has been very generous with their time and donations,” she says.

Laura can be contacted on Tel: (07999706512), email -lauraoneill1@hotmail.co.uk, or via the Happy Faces NI Facebook page. For more info on Clapa, go to www.clapa.com