The 2018 Santa’s Big Fundraising Appeal for Children in Crossfire raised more than £5,500.
Thanking Martin Gallagher for his continued support for Children in Crossfire through his month-long Santa Stand at Derry’s Guildhall, Executive Director Richard Moore said:
“We are so grateful to Martin – and his wife Mary – for their loyal support for Children in Crossfire. Martin dedicates a month each year to fundraising for us as Santa at the Guildhall. He’s there in all weathers, always smiling and getting the public into the Christmas spirit.
Over the decade and more that Martin and Mary have been supporting us, in memory of their beloved son Christopher, almost £70,000 has been raised to support our programmes in Tanzania and Ethiopia. This is an incredible achievement from a deeply caring couple and very compassionate family.
We look forward to continuing working with Martin and Mary into the future, growing the Santa Appeal and making an ever-greater difference in the lives of vulnerable young children through it. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts.”
Martin Gallagher added:
“I want to thank everyone who made the 2018 Appeal such a terrific success. I am very grateful to the Council – especially the mayor, his support team and all staff at the Guildhall – for their support and goodwill. I thank the local businesses who held Mince Pie Mornings, as well as the local children who helped me out as Santa’s Little Helpers. Above all, I pay tribute to the public, whose kind support really is uplifting and inspiring. They make it all worthwhile.
Mary and I have visited Tanzania with Children in Crossfire. We have witnessed the very positive impact they are making for so many little children and their communities. That’s why I am so enthusiastic about my annual Santa Appeal – I know what my efforts are helping to achieve. The team at Children in Crossfire and I meet regularly, including once a year to agree how the money raised for the Christopher Gallagher Memorial Fund will be spent. As well as supporting health-focused projects in Christy’s memory the Fund also contributes to Children in Crossfire’s Early Childhood Development programme in Tanzania, all of which makes us very proud.”