The Deputy Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Sharon McAleer held a reception recently at The Hill of the O'Neill and Ranfurly House, Dungannon to recognise and thank individuals and groups within the district who make a valuable contribution to community or charity work.
Eight groups were acknowledged including two from Ballygawley – the Ballygawley Community Initiative Group and the Ballygawley Local Committee for Cancer Research UK. Both groups work relentlessly to benefit the local community with the latter organising many events throughout the year to raise much-needed funds for Cancer Research UK.
Two groups from the Clogher area were also recognised - Clogher Valley Homestart Volunteers, which offers valuable support to families with young children and Clogher Valley Marie Curie Collectors who organise and run various collections in the area for Marie Currie.
The final four groups were – Moneymore Vintage Club, the Royal Victoria Hospital Liver Support Group, Knockmany Running Club, of which the Deputy Chair herself is a member, and the Maghera Local Committee for Cancer Research UK – who between them carry out beneficial and essential fundraising work for the community and for vital medical research.
The seven individuals recognised at the reception were: Henry McGlone for tirelessly fundraising for Marie Currie for 14 years, Ita Renaghan for organising pilgrimages to Lourdes for sick residents for 30 years, with the most recent trip taking place only last week!
John Gill and Sean Patterson for fundraising for different charities including the Chest, Heart and Stroke Association, the former dedicating his time to the cause for over 50 years!
The final three ladies, Frances Dobbin, Paula Byrne and Delores Mulholland between them organised various popular events for charity including the Gig in the Bann, a Couch to 5K programme for special needs groups and established a local youth club!
For all the pics from the night go to: https://goo.gl/i8kD5x