After a week of fun and faith, the annual HOPE camp in Limavady has been deemed a success by organisers.
From surfing to football, 300 children enjoyed a variety of activities at the camp.
Organiser Leo McCloskey said: “It has been brilliant, busy and hectic, but worth it all. There have been lots of great experiences for everyone involved and, hopefully, the parents as well. It has been a tremendous success. We do everything to the best quality we can. We have 100 people who volunteer, and they are absolutely brilliant, and that’s the big success story.”
Volunteer Hannah Carten said the experience of working at the camp with so many children has been fantastic. The 17-year-old has been volunteering since the camp started, three years ago.
“It’s a great experience to have, and it’s really good fun. Getting to know so many more people - kids and volunteers - has been excellent. You see the kids enjoying themselves and we get to take part too, so it’s good,” said Hannah.
Among the participants was Josh Fergunson who said: “It’s about having fun and enjoying yourself because if you have nothing to do during the summer this is the place to go. The volunteers are good and help you if you any problems. They make you laugh. They’re good craic. This is brilliant.”
The camp had a special visitor on Friday with the Sam Maguire Cup making a visit to the Limavady Wolfhounds pitch at Scroggy Road where virtually everyone who was present managed to get a photo with the famous piece of silverware.
For more on the 2015 HOPE camp see here www.derryjournal.com/news/bishop-of-derry-praises-message-of-hope-at-youth-summer-camp-1-6882937