Derry’s Annie world record attempt touched by an angel

Big hearted Hollywood star Roma Downey has lent a massive helping hand to a world record attempt due to be held in Derry in March.

Derry born Roma Downey has bought all the T-shirts needed for the ‘Annie’ Guinness World Record Attempt meaning that all funds raised on the day will go directly to the Foyle Hospice.

Roma Downey � Sara De Boer / Retna Ltd.

Roma Downey � Sara De Boer / Retna Ltd.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ from her Malibu home the Touched by an Angel star said she was delighted to do something to help a charity like Foyle Hospice which had made such a difference in Derry.

The event is being run by Sandra Biddle of the Foyle School of Speech and Drama, an old school pal of Roma’s. Sandra wants to break the record for the world’s largest co-ordinated song and dance routine by gathering 4501 Annies at Ebrington Square.

The school are attempting to set the record for the largest song and dance routine from the musical ‘ANNIE’ and will be singing and dancing along to the well-known song ‘It’s a Hard Knock Life’.

“Roma’s input has meant so much,” said Sandra. “I found this picture of her and I taken in the early 70s.

“We grew up together and went to the same school. But after Roma went to America our paths didn’t cross again until she saw me in the Women of Hope Calendar.

“We kept in touch after that, we’ve been emailing each other and when I brought out the ‘Be Still’ book she jumped at being a part of it.

“When I told her about the Guinness world record attempt, she said, ‘let me help you.’ She spoke to the Foyle Hospice and agreed to sponsor the T-shirts, application forms and posters.

“This means all the money raised will go to Foyle Hospice.”

Roma described Sandra as an “inspiration” adding that she had made dreams come true..

“Sandra inspires dreams,” she said. “The Foyle Hospice has made such a difference, I am a believer in giving back. My only regret is that I wont be there to take part in the record attempt myself.

If you want to take part - all you have to do is learn the song and dance routine from the video online.

You could be one of the 4500+ people taking part by singing and dancing in unison for over three minutes.

This one off, unique event will be taking place in Ebrington Square on Saturday 2nd March at 1pm.

To take part and to register please contact Michelle McGinn at Foyle Hospice on (028) 71359888 or email:

To learn the routine watch the video which you can view via