‘Deep pockets and warm hearts’

Staff and pupils at Termoncanice PS in Limavady are determined to make a difference this Christmas by giving to those in need.

Principal, Christina Doherty, said the school commmunity has “always had deep pockets and warm hearts when it comes to supporting others less fortunate than ourselves”, and has supported various charities, including Macmillan Cancer and the Christmas Shoebox Appeal.

“Every year we ask our families not to buy Christmas gifts for our teachers and classroom assistants,” said Mrs Doherty.

The money raised is donated each year to Trocaire.

This year donations will go to Trocaire’s Refugee Appeal.

“Termoncanice’s gift will support Trocaire’s work in the Middle East, providing food, shelter and community support to ensure people’s safety and dignity,” said Mrs Doherty.

Termoncanice also held a “Festive Accessory Day” on Thursday where pupils dressed up use Christmas decorations, or wore Christmas jumpers.

“This year the proceeds will go to Niamh McCloskey’s Brighter Future Fund, a charity very close to our hearts, as Niamh was a much loved former pupil who passed away earlier this year,” said Mrs Doherty. “Niamh was diagnosed with Moyamoya, an extremely rare brain-related condition. It was a terrible shock to the whole Termoncanice family, with staff who had taught her being particularly hard hit. Her younger brother, Michael, attends Termoncanice, and has been so brave since his sister passed away. He is an inspiration to us all. Niamh’s Brighter Future Fund was set up to raise money for the setting up of a room for children at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Niamh was treated.

“We’re very happy to support this cause, and we know that Niamh would have loved the fun and sparkle of the Festive Accessory Day. It’s a fitting way for us to remember such a warm, kind hearted girl – the winner of our ‘Sunshine Award’ in her P7 year here at Termoncanice.”