Send a message home to your loved ones this Christmas

The switch is flicked on  Derry's Christmas lights on Thursday night.
The switch is flicked on Derry's Christmas lights on Thursday night.

With Christmas just over two weeks away many of us will be turning our thoughts to family and friends who can’t be with us over the festive season.

This year the ‘Derry Journal’ is hoping to use the power of social media to reach out to our international readership - and the North West’s diaspora to help those who are away from home this Christmas send messages back to their loved ones on the banks of the Foyle.

The ‘Derry Journal’ has in excess of 25,000 followers on Facebook and in excess of 16,000 followers on Twitter. In addition our website reaches hundreds of thousands of readers in all corners of the world - so we are in a prime position to help people send some festive cheer back home.

We are asking readers across the world to send us their message in one of a number of ways.

We can be reached via our Facebook page or via Twitter (@Derryjournal).

Alternatively you can email your Christmas message to claire.allan@derryjournal.com.

The ‘Derry Journal’ is inviting readers to send their messages home - and would encourage as many readers as possible to send home festive pictures from around the world. We ask that, if possible, you use the hashtag #DerryChristmas.

Our plan is, over the course of the week before Christmas, to share as many of these pictures and messages as possible.

We will share them across our online platforms as well as sharing as many as possible in our print editions.

Arthur Duffy, editor of the Derry Journal, said: “The Journal has always prided itself in being at the heart of our community - be it the community here on our doorstep or those who have moved away.

“We’re aware that over the last number of years in particular a large number of local people have left Derry, perhaps to look for work or to study elsewhere.

“Sending a message home to their family and friends is a great way to keep in touch, especially at this time of year when people may be missing their loved ones all the more.

“Everyone wants to feel a little bit closer to home at Christmas time.”

While the internet makes connecting with the folks back home a lot easier than in times gone by, we still think it adds a lot to the sense of community Christmas spirit to share a message with our readers.

We would like readers to send their messages, and photographs to the ‘Journal’ before Friday, December 18 to allow us as much time as possible to get your festive message out there.