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Shaun Keenan

Vital funding for community group helping to find Co Derry's missing people

A local community group which helps finds missing people across Northern Ireland

The Community Rescue Service (CRS), a volunteer search and rescue service that operates throughout Northern Ireland, received £10,000 which will go a long way in ensuring the long-term survival of the charity.

The funding for CRS, which also helps finds missing people in parts of Co Derry, will also help them invest in a new member of staff to build their fundraising team and place a greater focus on raising awareness.

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Sean McCarry, Regional Commander of CRS commented, “We are so privileged and pleased to get this Community Cashback Grant from SPAR NI, it will go such a long distance towards the vital work that we do.

“Every pound we have is spent on the organisation and the people we go looking for. It is very difficult to keep going without grants like this and in particular, without the support of the community.”

Gavin Wallace, NCWE Chairperson and Emma McNaughton, NCWE Committee, with Store Colleague from Maxol SPAR Portrush. (Ricky Parker Photography)

Meanwhile, North Coast World Earth (NCWE) also received £5,000 to continue its contributions to tackling pollution, raising awareness and creating community-led climate action.

Gavin Wallace from NCWE commented. “It is important to us here at NCWE to bring the public together to care, appreciate and respect our environment, for not only our benefit but also that of future generations.

“So far we have collected over 3.6 tonnes of litter covering 495 miles across the Causeway Coast and Glens area, thanks to our amazing volunteers from local schools, businesses, community groups and families from the community.

“We want to thank SPAR NI for this generous grant which will help us immensely, having long-term benefits for our local communities in the Causeway Coast and the surrounding environment.”

Members of The Community Rescue Service being presented with £10,000 (handout)

The funding was issued on behalf of SPAR NI’s Community Cashback Scheme.

Launched in April, SPAR announced £100,000 for charities across the UK. Six community groups from across Northern Ireland were recipients of grants, with a total of £20,000 being donated across the organisations.

Bronagh Luke, Head of Corporate Marketing at Henderson Group which owns SPAR in Northern Ireland commented: “We are delighted to be able to give back to The Community Rescue Service and North Coast World Earth.

"Both are vital groups, which make such a positive impact on their local and surrounding community. It is so important to us at SPAR to be able to show continued support in every way we can.”


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