Jimmy’s tribute to help others

TRIBUTE. . . . The late Limavady musician Jimmy O'Hara's two daughters, Sarah and Helen pictured his their father's fiddle at their home this week. DER3213JM009
TRIBUTE. . . . The late Limavady musician Jimmy O'Hara's two daughters, Sarah and Helen pictured his their father's fiddle at their home this week. DER3213JM009

The heartbroken family of the late Jimmy O’Hara from Glack have paid tribute to the overwhelming generosity of people who raised thousands of pounds in one night to buy life changing medical equipment.

The renowned traditional musician passed away earlier this year after a short illness, leaving family and friends devastated.

Despite their grief, the O’Hara family - determined to keep Jimmy’s memory alive, and to give back to the Sperrin Unit, Ward 43 at Altnagelvin Hospital where Jimmy spent his final days - organised a fundraising musical tribute evening.

The family’s hope was to raise £2,000 - enough to buy two syringe drivers for the Ward - but they were blown away when, last weekend, almost £7,000 was raised in a matter of hours at the Drummond Hotel in Ballykelly.

“It is so overwhelming, but it is the people and their generosity who did it,” says Jimmy’s daughter Helen.

“We want to say a massive ‘thank you’ to everyone involved.”