St. Patrick’s pupils answer ‘charity call’

St. Patrick's College, Dungiven, Head Boy Christopher Carton, Community Fundraiser Catherine O'Hara and Head Girl Jemma McElhinney.
St. Patrick's College, Dungiven, Head Boy Christopher Carton, Community Fundraiser Catherine O'Hara and Head Girl Jemma McElhinney.

Students at St. Patrick’s College, Dungiven, have been praised for their support for local charity, the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.

After the launch of the charity’s ‘Hospice Heroes’ appeal last month the school has supported several fundraising and community awareness opportunities.

Principal, Michael Gormley, said students were “so keen to keep the momentum going” aand since the Hospice Heroes event “a very talented group of our Year 11 Art and Technology students designed and manufactured a range of Christmas cards and decorations which they sold at our recent school production of Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ with all proceeds going to the Children’s Hospice”.

“On the final night of our school production Eamonn O’Kane, IBF Intercontinental champion boxer, donated a pair of his signed boxing gloves to be auctioned off to help raise funds for the Children’s Hospice.

“I take this opportunity to thank all those who placed bids and especially Finbar O’Kane for his contribution on that night and since, his generosity saw the original auction amount doubled and the gloves returned to be used at another time.”

A group of sixth form students are coordinating the placement and collection of the Children’s Hospice donation cans in local businesses over the coming weeks, responsible for contacting business owners, collections, counting and lodging all the vital funds raised.

Catherine O’Hara from the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice praised the students saying their “commendable” work was “vital to the job we do supporting life limited children and their families”.