New partnership for charity

Foyle Search volunteers patrolling the river.
Foyle Search volunteers patrolling the river.

Foyle Search and Rescue has launched a campaign with Electric Ireland to raise money for rescue equipment.

The charity is urging people to join its ‘Switch & Support’ campaign to fund equipment for volunteers on patrol and a new pager system to quicken response times. The campaign has its own webpage, www.electricireland.com/foyle with the energy supplier contributing £10 to the charity for each customer who switches to Electric Ireland using that page.

In addition to donating to the charity, those signing up can choose to double the support by donating £10 of the £50 switching bonus they will receive.

Stephen Twells, Chairman of Foyle Search and Rescue said: “This campaign is for new equipment for our volunteers. In 2015 our volunteers gave over 11,000 hours of unpaid service to the local community. We want to equip them to make sure they stay safe and to make our response times quicker.”

The appeal starts on May 2, and runs until June 13 this year. For more information on Foyle Search and Rescue visit www.foylesearchandrescue.com

Kevin Caldwell, NI Operations Manager of Electric Ireland commended the charity and said: “At Electric Ireland we feel it important to support this work, particularly as it sits so well with the stream of our corporate responsibility.”

He said the aim of the investment was to ensure a brighter future.

“We hope that the Switch & Save campaign will raise the much needed funds for Foyle Search and Rescue to continue its crucial work more effectively,” he said.