Two newlyweds and their loved ones rang in the New Year with generosity in their minds - this week their donations go to their intended home.
Jessica Gallagher and Rory McLaughlin will always remember their wedding as a fun-filled day when they gave back to others who are less fortunate.
The couple, with the encouragement of Jessica’s mother Suzanne, asked their guests to make a small donation to a worthwhile cause. The 300 guests gave around €3 each to support the the Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin.
Jessica, from Burtonport, and Rory, from Derry, had to return to Manchester where they both work soon after their big day. Jessica’s sister Jasmine had the honour of presenting a cheque for €900 to Br Kevin Crawley this week in Dublin.
Brother Kevin Crowley runs a day shelter in Dublin for homeless people and those struggling with addiction. The centre provides meals and food parcels for men, women and children, as well as being a clean and warm shelter for people to find comfort and advice.
Brother Crawley has been working at the Capuchin Centre since he founded it in 1969. Mother of the bride Suzanne Gallagher, who works as a Special Needs Assistant at the Rosses Community School, wanted to raise awareness for his work after being inspired by a visit to the centre. The joy and love of a wedding day provided the perfect setting to inform others about the centre and ask them to help out.
The guests also make a mannequin challenge video, which has become a big hit online. Check it out the full story and video here.