Davy, you’re a legend! Caring Caretaker presents charity cheques

Davy Boyle MBE presents a cheque for �1,000 to the Cuil Rathain Benevolent Fund. Back row are Rosie Dickie, Hanna Reid and Q Radio presenter Denis McNeill. Front row left, David Rankin, trustee.
Davy Boyle MBE presents a cheque for �1,000 to the Cuil Rathain Benevolent Fund. Back row are Rosie Dickie, Hanna Reid and Q Radio presenter Denis McNeill. Front row left, David Rankin, trustee.

Davy Boyle was hailed as a legendary and inspirational fundraiser after he presented £36,000 to charities and local groups.

New Row Presbyterian Church minister, Rev Robert McMullan, lavished praise on Coleraine’s Caring Caretaker’s during his annual presentation in the Lodge Hotel on Monday.

Davy Boyle MBE presents a cheque for �6,000  to Austism NI North Coast. Back row are Mark Morrow and Thomas Ferguson and front right, Karen Ferguson.

Davy Boyle MBE presents a cheque for �6,000 to Austism NI North Coast. Back row are Mark Morrow and Thomas Ferguson and front right, Karen Ferguson.

Davy was thrilled to reach his target of £36,000 this year, with £26,000 raised from his annual Christmas sit out in Coleraine town centre with £10,000 collected from other events during 2017.

It brings to £560,471.25 raised since Davy began his fundraising back in 2001.

Speaking to Davy and representatives who received cheques during the evening, host Rev McMullan said: “We are amazed at the commitment you and Teresa hand have shown to your fundraising over many years.

“Your generosity of time and spirit is legendary in this area and we wish you the very best for the year ahead.”

Davy Boyle MBE presents a cheque for �6,000  to the Riding for the Disabled Coleraine Branch, Back row, Peter North, Claire Sugden MLA, Gwen Greer, Jennifer Campbell and William Campbell. Front, Christine Hankin and Anne Stokesburry.

Davy Boyle MBE presents a cheque for �6,000 to the Riding for the Disabled Coleraine Branch, Back row, Peter North, Claire Sugden MLA, Gwen Greer, Jennifer Campbell and William Campbell. Front, Christine Hankin and Anne Stokesburry.

Five charities, Autism NI North Coast, The Boom Foundation, Action Cancer, Riding for the Disabled Coleraine Branch and Cancer Research UK, Coleraine Branch, were all presented with £6,000 each.

Davy also handed over £1,500 to Coleraine and District Talking News and Causeway Blind and Partially Sighted Tandem Club and £1,000 each to Alternating Hemiplegia Support Group, the family of local youngster Liam McCallum and Cuil Rathain Benevolent Fund.

Each of the recipients spoke of the significant impact the money will make to them - none more so than Natasha McCallum whose 11-year-old son Liam suffered brain damage following a collision with a car as he was playing football on January 10 last year.

Her courageous and emotional account of her son’s bravery and daily struggle with his condition struck a chord with the audience.

Davy Boyle MBE presents a cheque for �1,000  to young Liam McCallum and his mum Natasha, front. Also included are, back, Q Radio presenter Denis McNeill and Trina Pollock.

Davy Boyle MBE presents a cheque for �1,000 to young Liam McCallum and his mum Natasha, front. Also included are, back, Q Radio presenter Denis McNeill and Trina Pollock.

Liam, who spent six and a half months in hospital - with two months in intensive care - was due to enter the P7 at Straidbilly Primary School this year.

Natasha said: “He has to learn everything again, to walk and talk, everything. But he has been very pleasant and has been fighting very, very hard.”

She added that the £1,000 donation from Davy would be used to purchase a tricycle made in Canada which will help improve Liam’s mobility.

Similarly, Andre Alves-Areias, of Alternating Hemiplegia Support Group, whose seven year-old daughter suffers from the rare neurodevelopmental disorder, explained that the £1,000 donation would be used for vital research into the illness.

Davy Boyle MBE presents a cheque for �1,500  to representatives from Coleraine and District Talking News. Back row, Sharman Wilson, David Terrett, Jennifer Campbell and Barry Williamson. Front row, Mary Ellard and Claire Sugden MLA.

Davy Boyle MBE presents a cheque for �1,500 to representatives from Coleraine and District Talking News. Back row, Sharman Wilson, David Terrett, Jennifer Campbell and Barry Williamson. Front row, Mary Ellard and Claire Sugden MLA.

From cancer charities to autism and community based organisations which seek to improve the lives of others living in the area, Davy’s donations will make a seismic difference.

Thanking everyone for attending the evening Davy said he was relieved that a last minute surge in contributions allowed him to reach his target this year.

He went on to thank his wife Teresa and brother Nevin, Rosie Dickey, Johnny McKane, Denis McNeill of Q Radio, Geoffrey Moffatt, the staff of Danske Bank, the Lodge Hotel, Bonds Jewellers, Ian Magee and the PSNI, Coleraine town centre cafes and businesses, the local media and supermarkets and everyone who made donations and helped during his efforts in 2017.

He concluded by announcing his charities for 2018: The Jubilee Ward, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Charlene’s Project, Children’s Heartbeat Trust and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Davy Boyle MBE presents a cheque for �1,000  to Andre Alves-Areias front left, of Alternating Hemiplegia Support Group. Included, back row, Teresa Boyle and Nevin Boyle. Front, Shylene Wilson.

Davy Boyle MBE presents a cheque for �1,000 to Andre Alves-Areias front left, of Alternating Hemiplegia Support Group. Included, back row, Teresa Boyle and Nevin Boyle. Front, Shylene Wilson.

Davy Boyle MBE presents a cheque for �6,000 to the ladies of Cancer Research UK. Included are, back, Liz Hogg, Matsie Meneely, Myrtle Mitchell and front, Margaret Archibald and Maggie Wade.

Davy Boyle MBE presents a cheque for �6,000 to the ladies of Cancer Research UK. Included are, back, Liz Hogg, Matsie Meneely, Myrtle Mitchell and front, Margaret Archibald and Maggie Wade.

Davy Boyle MBE and helpers present �6,000 to Action Cancer, represented by Angela McKenna, Elaine Wardlaw and Brenda McKenna.

Davy Boyle MBE and helpers present �6,000 to Action Cancer, represented by Angela McKenna, Elaine Wardlaw and Brenda McKenna.

avy Boyle MBE presents a cheque for �1,500 to Causeway Blind and Partially Sighted Tandem Club. Back row, Shania Stewart and Q Radio presenter Denis McNeill. Front row Robert Downes and Stephanie Stewart.

avy Boyle MBE presents a cheque for �1,500 to Causeway Blind and Partially Sighted Tandem Club. Back row, Shania Stewart and Q Radio presenter Denis McNeill. Front row Robert Downes and Stephanie Stewart.

Davy Boyle MBE, centre, presents �6,000 to the Boom Foundation. Included are Martin Williamson, Christine Wilson, Kay Williamson, Hannah Reid and Laura Rankin.

Davy Boyle MBE, centre, presents �6,000 to the Boom Foundation. Included are Martin Williamson, Christine Wilson, Kay Williamson, Hannah Reid and Laura Rankin.