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Posted on Wednesday 8 February 2017 by Shelter NI

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Pictured outside St Anne’s Cathedral before the Good Samaritans Service on Sunday February 5 are, from left: Busayo Obey, Migrant Centre NI; Jennifer Hughes, Shelter NI;
Special guest entertainer George Jones; Dean John Mann; Special guest Dame Mary Peters; Paul Kane, Oh Yeah Music Centre; Paula Klein, Ulster Youth Orchestra and Tony Swan, RNLI


Northern Ireland charities received grants totalling more than £220,000 raised by Belfast Cathedral’s Black Santa Sit-out at a special service on Sunday February 5.

Among those attending the annual Good Samaritans Service in St Anne’s were charities working locally with groups including the homeless, refugees, people with disabilities, health charities, young people and older people.

The cheques were presented by special guests Dame Mary Peters and entertainer George Jones. The local grants awarded ranged from £200 to £5,000, with a £30,000 grant for overseas work made to Christian Aid.

George Jones   Jennifer HughesGeorge Jones presenting the cheque to Jennifer Hughes 

Shelter Campaign for the Homeless was awarded £2,000. This will support various strands of the charity’s work, including its GABLE project which offers a repair and maintenance service for older and disabled people at a subsidised cost.

A spokesperson for the charity said: “The donation from the sit-out will make a very helpful contribution to Shelter Northern Ireland’s work.”

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