‘Skydive Seamus’ helps playgroup

Seamus safely back on the ground.
Seamus safely back on the ground.

The chairman of a Loup playgroup took a real ‘leap of faith’ last Saturday as he jumped out of a plane at 13,000ft!

Seamus McCrystal was raising funds for the Discovering Kids playgroup.

Brave Seamus told the Mid Ulster Mail: “The playgroup is a charitable organisation and whilst it receives some funding, it depends on the generosity of public donations for its ongoing survival.

“The playgroup was established in 2000 and provides pre-school education for 3 to 4 year olds.

“Discovering Kids has the sole use of the charming “old school” building in the heart of The Loup.

“The playgroup leader Julie Lennox and her team provides warm, friendly, professional care for upwards of 40 children.

“This is reflected in their ETI inspection last month which awarded them “Very Good” in all areas - which was a fantastic result for such a small rural playgroup.”

Over the years the playgroup has gone from strength to strength.

2010 saw the introduction of a full time afternoon session.

Seamus continued: “It strives to continually improve the care and education it offers families of pre-school children in The Loup and surrounding areas. “Funds raised will go towards further improving their facilities especially their outdoor learning area.

“Fundraising is about a lot of people giving a little bit.

“So far the skydive has raised £1500.,,but we’re not finished yet!“

If you would like to donate to the Discovering Kids playgroup skydive fundraiser, you still can - either by sending a donation directly to the playgroup at 100 Loup Road, BT45 7ST or by visiting mydonate.bt.com.

Just click ‘sponsor a fundraiser’ and search Seamus McCrystal.

Follow the instructions to make your donation. If you’re a UK tax payer don’t forget to fill out the gift aid section which will increase your donation by a further 25%.

In conclusion, Seamus said: “All of this would not have been possible without the hard work and enthusiasm of the playgroup stuff and committee members who tirelessly collected donations from friends, family and public.

“Every pound donated goes directly to the playgroup and helps to preserve a much needed and vital local resource.

“Thank you all.”