Derry’s Save the Children Volunteer Committee have issued a big thank you to local people who helped them raise almost £1,500 at a recent pop up shop in aid of refugee children.
The volunteers said they wanted to publicly express their “deep gratitude” to all those who supported the shop in Waterloo Place earlier this month.
In a letter of thanks to local people, the Committee stated: “The purpose of the fundraiser was to raise much needed cash for the Refugee Children Crisis. The response from the public was very heart warming and over the course of the three days the fantastic total amount of £1,421.11 was raised.
“The committee would specifically like to thank Mr Brendan Duddy who very generously offered us the premises free of charge. Also the staff of Fosters who were extremely helpful, providing clothes hangers, access to the building and other facilities.
“We are grateful to Mr Jim Roddy of City Centre Initiative and his colleague Catherine Goligher who not only helped the group secure the premises but also provided on-going support all through the project.
“Our thanks go to the management and staff of Dunnes Stores in Foyleside, Ballymagroarty and Letterkenny, who worked together to ensure that we had a good supply of clothes rails and hangers and to Mr Gavin Killeen who provided much needed transport for large items such as clothes rails. In addition, a huge thank you to all those non-committee ‘Friends of Save the Children’ who gave up their time to volunteer in the shop and to the many members of the public who called in to make donations or purchases.”
The spokeswoman added: “Europe is facing its worst refugee crisis since the Second World War and all the money raised in the shop will be used by Save the Children to help child refugees and their families. Many of these children and families are fleeing out of fear for their lives and embarking on perilous journeys in hope of a better life and the opportunity for asylum.
“Since the start of the year more than half a million desperate people have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea - that’s three times more than in the whole of 2014. For those who survive the treacherous journey, the terrifying ordeal is not over.
“Children often arrive in Europe scared, exhausted and needing medical attention. Many have seen and experienced untold horrors during their journey.
Save the Children provides food, water, shelter and winter clothes as well as attending to their medical needs. It also provides spaces where children can play, learn and receive emotional support.”