A new initiative called ‘Friends of the Bloody Sunday Trust’ is to be launched at Derry’s Guildhall on Monday evening (7 p.m.)
The launch - which will be hosted by Mayor Elisha McCallion - coincides with the fifth anniversary of the publication of the report of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.
Julieann Campbell, chair of the Trust - which runs the Museum of Free Derry - explains: “Over the next few months, the people of Derry will see the present Museum of Free Derry at Glenfada Park transformed into a state of the art building which will be worthy of the memory of those killed and injured on Bloody Sunday and celebrate the achievements of those involved in the civil rights campaign.
“This new initiative, ‘The Friends of the Bloody Sunday Trust’, provides a great opportunity for people to be involved in this exciting development.”
It’s now almost ten years since the Museum first opened and, since then, more than 150,000 people have passed through its doors.
Julieann Campbell added: “We are launching ‘The Friends of the Bloody Sunday Trust’ to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the publication of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry and the subsequent apology from the British Prime Minister, David Cameron. While many feel there is still much to be done in respect of justice, this was an incredible achievement for the families and for the city of Derry and will be remembered for generations.
“The Trust is mindful that many people in Derry and beyond wish to be associated in positive ways with the achievements that have been secured in recent times and with securing the legacy.
“Becoming a ‘Friend of the Bloody Sunday Trust’ is one such positive way. We’re asking people to make a donation of a minimum of £10 to contribute to the ongoing development of the Trust and the Museum.
“It will allow the Trust to secure and develop the work of the Museum for the foreseeable future.”