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National Lottery winner spreads Christmas cheer

December 16, 2013

Written by Lucy Gollogly

Sacha Dolan with Mary McDermott (left) and Maura McElroy during his visit to Strabane & District Caring Services

Sacha Dolan with Mary McDermott (left) and Maura McElroy during his visit to Strabane & District Caring Services

A Strabane man who won £76,908 on the lottery in May spread some festive cheer when he donated two Christmas hampers to pensioners at Strabane & District Caring Services last week.

Sacha Dolan joined around 50 senior citizens at the charity’s annual Christmas dinner where he presented the hampers filled with gifts, games and food.

He said he was delighted to help out. “It was just wonderful to see everyone’s faces light up when they saw the hampers. And a big thank you to Strabane & District Caring Services for allowing me to visit with them and experience the magical atmosphere they created for local residents. I’d like to wish all those who work for the charity, and everyone in Strabane, a lucky and prosperous Christmas,” Sacha said.

Strabane & District Caring Services received £50,000 from the Big Lottery Fund in 2013. The charity provides social, recreational and educational services for marginalised groups in Strabane and the surrounding area. They offer activities and services including meals on wheels, a lunch club, support for older people returning home from hospital and training and employment for the long term unemployed.

Sacha on his visit to Strabane District Caring Services

Sacha on his visit to Strabane & District Caring Services

Gerard Harkin from Strabane & District Caring Services said: “A big thank you to Sacha for his kind thoughts and generosity. The gifts will provide many hours of good cheer, not only at this Christmas time but throughout the year.

“We’d also like to say thanks once again to the Big Lottery Fund for supporting us and allowing us the opportunity to make a difference to so many people’s lives.”

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