Trócaire campaign under way in Derry

Trocaire Box.
Trocaire Box.

The local branch of Trócaire has announced details of its Lenten campaign for 2016.

The charity’s representatives have also thanked the people with the Derry Diocese after they raised £540,000 last year during Lent.

Trócaire has announced that the UK government has once again pledged to match donations from the public in the north of Ireland this year, as they did last year.

“Last Lent saw donations matched pound for pound and resulted in an incredible extra £2m for our work in Ethiopia,” said Kevin Donnelly, Trócaire’s regional manager.

“I am delighted to say that we have been successful in getting this government support again for 2016. Only two charities in the UK have been granted UK Aid Match four times and Trócaire is one of them.”

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and it marks the start of the Lenten Campaign when 165,000 Trócaire boxes will be delivered across Northern Ireland.

Mr Donnelly said: “This year’s Trócaire Box is a bit of a departure from previous years and features actual supporters from Ireland, north and south. It’s a recognition of ordinary people from places like Derry, who are doing extraordinary things in the pursuit of justice and a fairer world. Every year we receive tremendous support from Derry’s school children, teachers, grandparents, clergy, volunteers and families.”

Trócaire boxes are available from Catholic parishes throughout Derry, through

Alternatively people can telephone 0800 912 1200.

As well as donating through the Trócaire box and, people can download a free Trócaire box app for their mobile phones or tablets.

The app is available from the Apple App Store or Google Playstore.