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‘Open your hearts and your homes’

Group pictured at the launch of the Derry leg of the nationwide Cycle Against Suicide. Included are; Colr. John Boyle , Siobhan McKeown Cycle Against Suicide volunteer,  Mark H Durkan, MLA, Deirdre McColgan, Derry CAS Homestay Coordinator, Terence O'Kane, Projects Officer Tourism & Events, Derry City Council, Sarah Gwynne, student Foyle College, Amy Caldwell, student Foyle College, Alderman Gary Middleton, Deputy Mayor, John Kelly CAS volunteer, Roisin McLauglin, CAS volunteer, Mrs McCafferty, Sandra O'Connell, School coordinator for CAS visit to Foyle College, Liam Friel, Sinn F�in, and Conal Fisher and Jamie Bankhead. (1104MM36)

Group pictured at the launch of the Derry leg of the nationwide Cycle Against Suicide. Included are; Colr. John Boyle , Siobhan McKeown Cycle Against Suicide volunteer, Mark H Durkan, MLA, Deirdre McColgan, Derry CAS Homestay Coordinator, Terence O'Kane, Projects Officer Tourism & Events, Derry City Council, Sarah Gwynne, student Foyle College, Amy Caldwell, student Foyle College, Alderman Gary Middleton, Deputy Mayor, John Kelly CAS volunteer, Roisin McLauglin, CAS volunteer, Mrs McCafferty, Sandra O'Connell, School coordinator for CAS visit to Foyle College, Liam Friel, Sinn F�in, and Conal Fisher and Jamie Bankhead. (1104MM36)

1,000 cyclists will visit Derry next month as part of a nationwide cycle to raise awareness of suicide and they are looking for somewhere to stay.

The Cycle Against Suicide will reach Derry on May 7 and the organisers have appealed to local people to open their homes to those taking part.

Deirdre McColgan from the local organising committee of the Cycle Against Suicide said accommodation has already been found for many of the cyclists but the help of local people is needed.

“This is the second year of the Cycle Against Suicide and it will be the first time it has come to the North. Everyone across the island has been touched by suicide in some way and this is about raising awareness of a very important issue.

“A number of hotels and bed and breakfasts have been very generous in giving up rooms for free but we still need accommodation for around 300 cyclists.

“We are asking local people to open their hearts and open their homes.

“The cyclists will get into Derry around 6pm on May 7 and we are hoping that people will come forward to pick them up from their arrival point at Foyle College, offer them a bed for the night and something to eat and leave them back again in the morning.

“Derry people are very accommodating and we have already had a response through Facebook so hopefully we can find beds for all these people and help them raise awareness of this important national issue,” she said.

Anyone who wants to offer accommodation to the visiting cyclists is asked to contact Deirdre McColgan on 07736717334 or via the Cycle Against Suicide 7th May event page on Facebook.

 
 
 

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