‘Help us build a Santa grotto for Galliagh kids’

Marie Gillespie, chair, Galliagh Women's Group and Rosie Doherty, Co-Ordinator, pictured at their Galliagh offices this week. DER4413JM070
Marie Gillespie, chair, Galliagh Women's Group and Rosie Doherty, Co-Ordinator, pictured at their Galliagh offices this week. DER4413JM070
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Members of Galliagh Women’s Group have appealed for donations to set up a Christmas grotto at their Galliagh Park centre, so that people from the local community can bring their children to see Santa at an affordable price.

Marie Gillespie, chair of the group, says a family trip to see Santa is something many people can’t afford.

“From our experience, we know there are people with children in the area who find it better and more affordable to come here. We organised something similar last year and we had almost 200 children and parents. When you add up the cost of taking two or three or more children into town and getting there and back when people are trying to put money away for Christmas, it’s just not an option for a lot of people.

“We’re hoping to transform the outside area at the back of the centre and give local children a really enjoyable experience so at this stage we’re asking people to donate if they can to help us make that possible.”

Women’s Group co-ordinator Rosie Doherty added: “It’s just one of the services we provide here. For us, it’s always been about putting ourselves at the heart of the community and through our advice service at Knockalla Park we know that people here are under a lot of financial pressure. This is something we can help with.

Don’t miss an extended feature on the Galliagh Women’s Group in Sunday’s Journal.