Glenn family grateful as community solidarity fuels search for Jack

Jack Glenn at a cricket club presentation with his granda Jack Glenn Snr.
Jack Glenn at a cricket club presentation with his granda Jack Glenn Snr.

Jack Glenn’s grieving grandfather says the upswelling of solidarity since tragedy devastated his family a fortnight ago has literally fuelled the search for the young man’s body.

Jack Glenn Snr. said donations from supporters of the efforts to #getjackback have provided more than enough diesel and gas oil to continue to fuel the riverine search for his grandson for the immediate future. The former undertaker reiterated his family’s gratitude to everyone who has helped in the search for Jack.

Efforts by community groups, businesses, rescue services and divers from Derry, Strabane and Drogheda, the local police and individual volunteers, have been unstinting, he said.

“I sit at home and listen to what people are doing for us and cannot take in the generosity of all you kind people, for which I will be eternally grateful,” said Mr. Glenn.

“There have been appeals for donations to help fuel all the privately owned vessels. This has been most successful and we have now reached the stage of having enough funds for fuel to sustain us and to that end I would like to inform everyone that this appeal has stopped with immediate effect.”

Mr. Glenn said a concert in Jack’s memory has been postponed until his body is recovered. Funds from a Just Giving page will boost rescue service funds to ensure they’re available “when another family are plunged into this black hole we find ourselves in”, said Mr. Glenn. Boots on the ground are still needed, however.

“We need feet and eyes on the ground and a few hours of your time would be very much appreciated,” he said.

For search times contact the Jack’s father Colin at or phone Wayne on 07760666962.

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