NW rescue charity is nominated for gong

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Foyle Search and Rescue and Learmount Community Development Group are among six local charities that will compete in London for the Lloyds Bank Foundation Charity of the Year in October.

The Foundations organised the awards to celebrate its 30th anniversary and the Northern Ireland winners were announced at an event in Malone House on July 16.

Foyle Search patrols the River Foyle in times of need, engaging with people in distress and recovering bodies from the river. Since 1993, they have prevented over 2,568 suicides, recovered 126 bodies and helped reduce the number of drownings per year from 25 to 4.

Learmount Community Development Group provides a huge range of services run by volunteers to the people of Park, with a population of 3,508. The 120 volunteers run a befriending service, transport to those in need, a morning check on elderly, a range of clubs for kids, environmental improvement, fishing, recycling and a book club amongst other services. The volunteer programme has resulted in great community spirit and the group won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2010.