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Frances Connolly honoured for donations to fight Covid-19

Mayor of Derry and Strabane, Graham Warke made a presentation to Frances Connolly in recognition of her donations to charitable causes. Picture by Jim McCafferty Photography.

Seamus McKinney

02 September, 2021 01:00

Frances Connolly has been honoured by Derry and Strabane council for helping the fight against the coronavirus.

Derry and Strabane mayor Graham Warke made a special award to Mrs Connolly who originally from the Glebe outside Sion Mills in Co Tyrone, but living in northern England.

She set up two charitable trusts, including the Kathleen Graham Trust, named in honour of her late mother. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Mrs Connolly and her husband have singled out groups helping the fight against Covid-19.

In 2020, she purchased new sewing machines for a County Derry group which was making personal protection equipment for health workers. Mr Connolly has also arranged for supplies for a charity which was using 3D printers to make visors.

The couple have donated toiletries and clothing to the Mater and Altnagelvin hospitals and funded £50 “thank-you vouchers” to 150 frontline workers. Other charitable donations have included laptops for vulnerable secondary school pupils and the Shankill Women’s Centre as well as gifts for 1,000 pensioners who had to spend Christmas Day in hospital. They also purchased hundreds of electronic tablets so elderly care home resident could video call their families while isolating.

The Derry and Strabane mayor said the presentation was in recognition of Mrs Connolly's “generous contribution to the fight against Covid-19”.

"I was delighted to recognise Frances' selfless generosity with her winnings with a reception at the Guildhall. She has never forgotten her Tyrone roots," Mr Warke said.

Frances Connolly:
I am humbled and delighted to accept this award on behalf of myself and the whole team at KGT, and more praise to the people who delivered this service.

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