CRICKET: Derry Midweek League donates to local charities

Pictured are some charity and local group members who were awarded money from the Derry Midweek League.

Pictured are some charity and local group members who were awarded money from the Derry Midweek League.

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The Derry Midweek Cricket League (DML) continued its annual donations with 20 local charities and deserving community groups all receiving contributions from the DML Council members recently in Ardnashee Special School.

Down slightly from 2014, caused mainly by the constant interruptions from weather on countless cup finals throughout the year, a collection of £5,000 was distributed between the 20 local groups.

Chairman Sam McPherson commented, “2015 has not been a fantastic year in cricket terms but the DML continued its hard work with collections during some miserable days through the summer and credit to all the council members who offered their services for the cause.

“The help that these donations will provide to all the local charities and communities at this time of year makes it all worth while.”

Charities and Groups supported by the Derry Mid-week League in 2015 were: Age NI; Alzheimer’s Disease Society; Ardnashee School and College for Special Care; Cancer Research UK and Caw/Nelson Drive Action Group.

Children’s Heartbeat Trust; Citizens Advice Bureau; Dennett Interchange; Friends of Spruce House and Leckpatrick and Dunnalong Luncheon Club.

MacMillan Cancer Support; Motor Neurone Association and Multiple Sclerosis Association.

Multiple Sclerosis Association; Northern Ireland Childrens Hospice; Northern Ireland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; Northwest Association of Hearing Concern and Parkinson’s Disease Society.

Talkback Talking Newspaper (Londonderry) and Talkback Talking Newspaper (Strabane).

A special award was also presented to former DML Chairman, Drew Downey, for his 40 years service to the organisation.

“I would like to congratulate the Derry Mid-week on its continued success on and off the field. I made some great friends during my time involved and would like to thank everyone for making it such an enjoyable 40 years.”