Huge ‘thank you’ for charity abseil success

The Mayor of Derry Colr. Kevin Campbell, former Mayor Ald. Maurice Devenney, organisor Liam Campbell, centre, and members of Parkinsons Foyle Branch receiving a cheque for �8753. proceeds of the recent Abseiling for Parkinsons event sponsored by Austins. Included are Rev. David Latimer, Father O'Reilly standing in for Father Eamon Graham, and Declan Hasson, Austins. (2109PG12) Photo: Phil Gamble
The Mayor of Derry Colr. Kevin Campbell, former Mayor Ald. Maurice Devenney, organisor Liam Campbell, centre, and members of Parkinsons Foyle Branch receiving a cheque for �8753. proceeds of the recent Abseiling for Parkinsons event sponsored by Austins. Included are Rev. David Latimer, Father O'Reilly standing in for Father Eamon Graham, and Declan Hasson, Austins. (2109PG12) Photo: Phil Gamble

The organisers of a charity abseil for Parkinson’s NI have spoken of their overwhelming gratitude to everyone who helped make the day such a success.

Foreglen man, Liam Crawford, a member of the Foyle branch of Parkinson’s NI said they owe huge thanks to everyone who helped raised an amazing £8753.

“Declan Hassan of Austins very kindly allowed us to use his premises thus ensuring the abseiling event went ahead on Saturday, 4th August,” said Liam. “To him we say a huge thank you. Then, of course, were the five dare devils namely Fr. Eamon Graham PP Banagher, Rev David Latimer, Lindsay Harrington and his two sons, Derek and Alan, and to them we also say a huge thank you. Without the generosity of the general public this event would not have been the success it was. I cannot thank you all enough you were more than generous.”

Liam also thanked members of Derry City and Limavady Borough Council, nine in all, who very generously donated.

“They were Maurice Devenney, Mary Hamilton and Tony Hasson of Derry City Council and seven from Limavady Council: Anne Brolly, Boyd Douglas, Sean McGlinchey, Alan Robinson, Cathal McLaughlin, Orla Beattie and Gerry Mullan,” said Liam, who explained Glenshane House, situated at 112-114 Main Street, Dungiven, was “very supportive and helpful and willingingly assisting with various tasks”.

“Courses are held in Glenshane House, both educational and recreational and I would encourage people from the surrounding areas to support them. Paul Kane senior advice worker runs a very comprehensive service dealing with all types of queries and form filling. To Mary Brolly, Mairead, Paul and Patrick I say ‘thank you’ for all the help and support and kindness since the first day I walked into the building.”

Finally, Liam, who has Parkinson, thanked a “very important group of people in my life this past few years”.

“They are the Foyle Branch of Parkinsons led by the vivacious Jack Glenn, a skilful orator, a great organiser and real gentleman as well as a born leader, I say ‘thank you’.”