Cookstown Rutledge learners raise funds for SVP

L TO R : Nico Slevin (Support Officer) , Lyndsay Hughes, Reamone Donaghy, Dennis Loughrey (SVP Chair), Samantha Arrell, Nicole Orr, Gary McElroy (Tutor)
L TO R : Nico Slevin (Support Officer) , Lyndsay Hughes, Reamone Donaghy, Dennis Loughrey (SVP Chair), Samantha Arrell, Nicole Orr, Gary McElroy (Tutor)

A group of young people from Rutledge Recruitment in Cookstown have managed to raise over £200 for the Cookstown branch of Saint Vincent de Paul after hearing their appeal for help this Christmas.

The team decided to organise a raffle to help raise funds for SVP to help those in need at Christmas after hearing that the local SVP team needed help to resource their food bank for the festive period.

A host of local businesses were extremely generous and donated lots of amazing prizes and donations for the raffle which was drawn by SVP Chairperson Mr Denis Loughrey on 18th December.

In just one week, the students raised a total of £243.33.

Nicholas Slevin, Support Officer for Rutledge told the MAIL: “Gratitude must go to our learners as they braced the rain and cold to help raise money and prizes for the raffle. The generosity of the public was overwhelming and for that we are very thankful. A special thanks of mention must go to all the business’ who generously donated prizes or money to help with the raffle.

“Although the spirit of Christmas is in the air, I am 100 per cent sure if we had contacted these local business’ at any time of year, they would have been more than helpful and donated generously to any cause, and for that I would urge everyone in the local community to support our local business’ just not at Christmas but all year round.”

Thanks to all the local businesses who gave so generously, namely: Sheehys, Wise Guys, Tom Morrows, Select, White Pheasant, Court Yard Restaurant, Cuppatinos, S McQueen Jewellers, Gems Jewellers, Style Studio, Eddies Tattoo, Funky Kids, Thompson Footwear, Kee’s Clothing, Serephina, Studio Six, Royal Hotel, J.MacMahon & Co Butchers, Cottage Flowers, Urban Hair, A Cut Above, Huttons Butchers, Sit n Snip, Corner Cake Shop, Photo King, Ground Coffee, Caulfield Insurance, Falls Chemist, Keylite, AMP Engieering, The Bistro and Bluebells Restaurant.

Congratulations and well done to all the lucky winners who were as follows: Hamper – Peter McVey, S McQueen -Guess Necklace- Marc Slevin; Gems Jewellers -Diamond Pentant Necklace – Joan Slevin; Style Studio -Gift Voucher- Mandy @ The Bistro, Eddies Tattoo -Gift Voucher- Gillian Wilson; Funky Kids - Gift Voucher- Moya Lagan; Thompson Footwear -Gift Voucher- Colly MacMahon; Kee’s Clothing Gift Voucher – Marianne Rocks; Serephina - Gift Voucher – Curve Closet; Studio Six - Gift voucher – Colly MacMahon; Royal Hotel Gift voucher - Niall Falls; J.MacMahon & Co Butchers - Gift Voucher – June Nelson; Cottage Flowers – Gift Voucher –Philip Keylite; Urban Hair - Gift Voucher - Ciaran McAliskey and A Cut Above – Gift voucher – Reamone Donaghy.

Nicholas added: “I would like to wish everyone who contributed to the cause a massive thank you and a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.

“For any winners who have not yet received their prize please contact Nico Slevin : 07715905364.”