The Church of Ireland Parish of Faughanvale has been awarded £2,500 in assistance from the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland’s ‘Acorn Flood Fund’. Shauna Kelpie presented a cheque on behalf of the Acorn Fund Giving Circle to the Rector, Rev Paul Hoey and local Deacon Rev Stuart Reid on Tuesday morning. The ‘Another Chance’ Charity Shop – which was opened by the Parish of Glendermott – has also benefited from the fund.
The Acorn Fund was launched to help communities affected by severe flooding which hit the North West three weeks ago. The village of Eglinton was among the areas worst affected.
Rev Hoey says the money from the fund will be used to help parishioners who suffered as a result of the flooding. His own church, St Canice’s, and its nearby parish hall, were both badly damaged after the downpour.
The Community Foundation, which helps local communities through impactful grant-making, launched its emergency appeal with £10,000 of its own money and a further sum of £10,000 which was made available to match public donations.
The Honorable The Irish Society, a self-funding charitable organisation, pledged £10,000 to Flood Appeal, while Giving Circles – including Give Inc and the Acorn Fund’s own giving circle – each committed further donations. Individuals, as well as local businesses such as Seagate and Airporter, also backed the online campaign.
Shauna Kelpie, who presented the cheque on behalf of the Acorn Fund Giving Circle to Rev Hoey, said the Foundation had been overwhelmed by the stories of loss local families were coping with in the wake of the floods. “We want to direct our giving to help those affected,” she said.
Other groups which received funding include Eglinton Community Ltd, Plumbridge Parish Hall, Northern Irish Cancer Care, Institute FC, Club United, the Jack and Jill Community Playgroup, Ardstraw FC, Derry & Raphoe Action, Tullyally Community Partnership, St Eugene’s GAA and Londonderry YMCA.
If you wish to donate to the Acorn Flood Fund, please visit Localgiving.
Caption: Shauna Kelpie, from the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, presents a cheque to the Rector of Faughanvale, Rev Paul Hoey (left) and Rev Stuart Reid (Deacon).