Foyle Search and Rescue charity ball

Foyle Search and Rescue are holding a Black Tie Gala Ball in the City Hotel on Saturday, October 21 to raise money towards the repair of their pontoon which was damaged by the severe ice in the river in December.

The evening will also be a night of celebration, commemoration and acknowledgement of the dedication of the charity’s volunteers over the past 18 years.

The repair and reinstallation of Foyle Search and Rescue’s own pontoon at their Base in Prehen would provide the organisation with a vital launching platform in a much quieter, more accessible area of the City. The cost of this work comes in at a staggering £78,000.

Throughout the last 18 years Foyle Search and Rescue have received continued support from local people who go out of their way to ensure the charity can continue their lifesaving work. Foyle Search and Rescue Chairman Craig Smyth explained: “The volunteers of Foyle Search and Rescue are always overwhelmed by the support we receive from the public, should it be in the form of donations, fundraising events or cards and messages of support for the work of the charity. It gives everyone within the organisation a much needed boost and a great sense of pride for the vital work that is being done for our City and its inhabitants”.

Anyone interested in attending the Gala Ball should contact Amy on 028-71313800. Tickets are priced at £45 each and include a sparkling wine reception, 5 course banquet meal, a fantastic gift from Boots Chemist, entertainment from a Jazz Ensemble, Encore Contemporary Choir and dancing to local band ‘Portabello’. Men also receive discount suit hire of £25 at Tomorrows on presentation of their ticket for the Ball.