Chairman of the Bloody Sunday Trust, Tony Doherty, said: “The last year has been difficult for everyone due to the impact of the Covid 19 virus.
“The two signature projects of the Trust, the Museum of Free Derry and the Conflict Transformation project (the Derry Model) have both been badly hit by the virus and in particular we have seen a dramatic fall in the number of people visiting the Museum over the past twelve months.
“It is against this background that the Trust invites people from Derry, Ireland and internationally to become a Friend of the Trust.
“This will allow us some relief from the drop in footfall through the Museum and will allow the Trust to continue to plan ahead and deliver its programmes. This is particularly important as next year will be the 50th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday massacre and a full, rich and challenging programme is being organised to commemorate that event.
“Anyone wanting to volunteer in anyway feel free to get in contact.”
The Trust said that becoming a ‘friend’ will ensure that people nationally and internationally can assist in telling the story of Bloody Sunday and Derry’s role in conflict transformation.
The membership fee of the Friends of the BST will be £20 per annum.
The Trust has stated: “In return Friends will receive three newsletters every year as well as regular emails advertising events which the Trust has organised and, occasionally, events organised by other people within whom the Trust is sympathetic. Friends will also receive an electronic membership certificate.
“We are inviting those people who wish to become Friends to email [email protected]
“A Paypal link will then be forwarded.”
The new website link is www.museumoffreederry.org