Derry sports hero Danny Quigley to launch fund to provide mental health advice
Danny Quigley is a household name throughout Derry. After Danny’s incredible efforts in fundraising for suicide prevention, the town will now be able to see the real change that fundraising will bring.
A special showcase marking the official launch of a fund named in his honor will take place this Friday, March 25.
Facilitated by the Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum, the ‘Danny Quigley Fund’ will help provide individual counseling services to people in the North West to improve their mental health and wellbeing, while aiming to tackle the rate suicide distress in town.
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The showcase event to be held at the Maldron Hotel, and sponsored by O’Neills Sportswear, will also reflect and celebrate Danny’s Herculean efforts in the summer of last year when he completed ten Ironman triathlons over the span of ten days.
Aisling Hutton, mental health practitioner and coordinator at BBHF, said it was important to hold such an event, not only to celebrate Danny, but also to explain to the public who gave so generously to Danny’s fundraiser. how much of a difference their money will make in providing consultancy services.
Aisling said: “When Danny first approached us to say he wanted to raise money for the Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum, we were blown away by the lengths he was willing to go to be able to help people. of his city.
“Achieving his 10 out of 10 challenge was such an inspiring feat that we now owe it to him to ensure that his fundraising events are maximized as we continue to reach out and offer our support to the public.
“The Danny Quigley Fund will help people not just in Derry but across the North West and we are delighted to launch this fund with Danny on his behalf.”
The event will be hosted by local personality Micky Doherty with Derry City and Strabane District Council Deputy Mayor Christopher Jackson opening the proceedings.
Mayor Alderman Graham Warke will also be in attendance after supporting Danny throughout his fundraising efforts.
Alderman Warke said: “I am delighted to attend this event in honor of our local hero Danny Quigley and to see the launch of the Danny Quigley Fund.
“Through his courage and commitment, Danny has done so much to raise awareness of mental health issues, suicide prevention and the urgent need for properly resourced services for people in difficulty.
“Danny has given so many people a voice through his campaign, he is an incredible ambassador for our city and district and his determination to tackle this deficit on behalf of others is inspiring.
“Thanks to the Danny Quigley Fund, more local people who ask for help will receive it, and lives will not be lost due to a lack of support.”
The man of the hour himself, Danny Quigley, said he was looking forward to the event and the launch of the fund.
Danny said: “A year or two ago I could never have imagined what was in store for me. Knowing that last year was the tenth anniversary of my father’s death, all I wanted to do was c was to honor him in a fitting way that could raise money to help people and hopefully reduce the suicide rate here.
“Suicide prevention is obviously a subject close to my heart, so I am really delighted that BBHF and I can launch this fund which I hope will help more and more people to move forward. “
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