‘Perfect weekend’ for charity deed

Brian McNulty, Aine McLaughlin, Rose Farrell, Karen King, Libby McGonagle, Joy Nethercott, Claire Carlin, Michael McKeown, Aisling O'Neill, Deirdre Convery, Sarah McKeown, Sheila Woods, Conor O'Neill. (1009SJ1) Photo: Michael McKeown
Brian McNulty, Aine McLaughlin, Rose Farrell, Karen King, Libby McGonagle, Joy Nethercott, Claire Carlin, Michael McKeown, Aisling O'Neill, Deirdre Convery, Sarah McKeown, Sheila Woods, Conor O'Neill. (1009SJ1) Photo: Michael McKeown

Limavady businessman Brian McNulty has spoken of the “unbelievable” generosity of people who supported his charity act in memory of his wife Anne.

The owner of ‘McNulty’s, The Real Fish & Chip Shop’ will hand over the entire takings from the weekend, from Friday to Sunday; a total of almost £18,263.44.

Brian said when he decided to donate the weekend’s takings several weeks ago, he did not have a figure or target set as he didn’t want to get disappointed.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ yesterday after a busy weekend at the Main Street eaterie, where people queued onto the street, Brian was overwhelmed by the final total.

“It’s unbelievable how generous people have been,” he said.

“There was one customer who came in and bought £25 worth of food and then put £50 in the charity box,” he explained. “There were a lot of customers who were telling us to keep the change. It’s unbelievable.”

The final amount donated to Marie Curie, as well as including the weekend’s takings from the chip shop includes more than £4,000 raised through an online Just Giving page.

“I have no doubt I will still receive donations from people,” said Brian. “I spoke with a lot of the customers over the weekend who had experience with Marie Curie nurses, or who knew families that needed them, and it really touched people about what I was doing and what I was trying to achieve,” said Brian.

The charitable act was in memory of Brian’s wife Anne, who died one year ago after battling cancer. During the last days of Anne’s illness she received support from Marie Curie nurses.

“There was one customer who I spoke with and he said when he heard about what had been raised so far: ‘look how many Marie Curie Nurses that will pay for’, and that’s the whole essence of it,” said Brian, who thanked staff, his sisters, Rose Farrell and Sheila Woods, and everyone who made the weekend so successful.

Brian added: “This is a deed I know Anne would have done and she was looking down on us at the weekend. It was a perfect weekend.”