A councillor has honoured his pledge to donate £1,000 from his own pocket for local people in need this Christmas.
Independent Derry-Strabane Councillor Darren O’Reilly made the pledge earlier this year, as part of a larger plan to give away £4,500 to charitable organisations and good causes by the end of his first year in office.
Young people with learning disabilities from the Tuned In project, were joined by other teenagers from Rosemount Youth Forum, and Derry Youth Teens for Culture this week to help bag up some of the £350 worth of groceries purchased, with £650 being spent on toys.
Praising the involvement of young people, Colr. O’Reilly said: “I was able to donate money this year and it was easy for me to do it. Working in the community you know how to target the money so it gets to those who need it most.”
Colr. O’Reilly, who has also made donations to among others, Foyle Hospice and Foyle Search and Rescue, added: “The food packages will now be handed out to families and vulnerable young people and the toys to children.”
Philip Conn, manager at Tuned In, said: “My project works with young people with learning disabilities, and it is not all the time that young people with learning disabilities have the opportunity to give back to their own community or do some charitable work, so I feel it is really important to get the young people we work with involved in that.”
Colr. O’Reilly said local group RAW Fitness was helping to distribute the gifts.