Black Santa hands over money

DEAR SANTA. Ballymoney's 'Black Santa' Liam Beckett (centre), pictured presenting a cheque to Alan and Tommy, who were accepting in on behalf of the Samaritains at Riada House on Wednesday night. Looking on are Mayor Cllr John Finlay and Ivor Wallace, who assists Liam during his sit-out.INBM7-14 011SC.
DEAR SANTA. Ballymoney's 'Black Santa' Liam Beckett (centre), pictured presenting a cheque to Alan and Tommy, who were accepting in on behalf of the Samaritains at Riada House on Wednesday night. Looking on are Mayor Cllr John Finlay and Ivor Wallace, who assists Liam during his sit-out.INBM7-14 011SC.

BALLYMONEY’S Black Santa, Liam Beckett joined the Mayor, Cllr John Finlay in the Mayor’s Parlour to hand over the money, raised before Christmas during his annual sit out, to five local charities.

During the sit out in High Street from December 16th until Christmas Eve over £5,000 was raised with the proceeds being shared equally between The Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul, Drop Inn Ministries, the Samaritans and Can-Compass Advocacy. Local people were again very generous to Black Santa’s fundraising efforts with one pupil from Garryduff PS, Cain Gray, donating his savings.

GIVING. Receiving cheques from Liam Beckett on Wednesday night are Noel Burns (St Vincent de Paul) and Victor and Thelma Haslett (Salvation Army). Looking on are Ivor Wallace, who assists Liam during his annual Christmas sit-out and Mayor Cllr John Finlay.INBM7-14 012SC.

GIVING. Receiving cheques from Liam Beckett on Wednesday night are Noel Burns (St Vincent de Paul) and Victor and Thelma Haslett (Salvation Army). Looking on are Ivor Wallace, who assists Liam during his annual Christmas sit-out and Mayor Cllr John Finlay.INBM7-14 012SC.

Mayor, Cllr Finlay, speaking at the handover praised the people of the area for their generosity especially at Christmas when people have already many demands on their finances.

Speaking at the handover Liam paid tribute to the kindness of everyone who had donated and thanked Council staff for their help in counting the money each day of the sit-out.

Representatives from the 5 charities benefitting spoke in turn expressing their gratitude for the generous contributions which will help them support people in need in the local community.

CHEQUE IT OUT. Liam Beckett presents a cheque to members from Compass Advocacy Group, who are Sylvia, Hayley, Ursula and Trevor with Mayor Cllr John Finlay and Ivor Wallace looking on.INBM7-14 013SC.

CHEQUE IT OUT. Liam Beckett presents a cheque to members from Compass Advocacy Group, who are Sylvia, Hayley, Ursula and Trevor with Mayor Cllr John Finlay and Ivor Wallace looking on.INBM7-14 013SC.

DROP INN. Liam Beckett hands over a cheque to Edwina Chambers from the Drop Inn Ministries Charity Shop on Wednesday night with Mayor Cllr John Finlay and Ivor Wallace included.INBM7-14 014SC.

DROP INN. Liam Beckett hands over a cheque to Edwina Chambers from the Drop Inn Ministries Charity Shop on Wednesday night with Mayor Cllr John Finlay and Ivor Wallace included.INBM7-14 014SC.

BIG HEART. Pictured receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from Ballymoney's 'Black Santa Liam Beckett on Wednesday night is young Cain Gray, who supports Liam's annual sit-out by making donations of his own accord each year. Included are Mayor Cllr John Finlay, Corporate Services Officer Liz Johnston and Ivor Wallace.INBM7-14 015SC.

BIG HEART. Pictured receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from Ballymoney's 'Black Santa Liam Beckett on Wednesday night is young Cain Gray, who supports Liam's annual sit-out by making donations of his own accord each year. Included are Mayor Cllr John Finlay, Corporate Services Officer Liz Johnston and Ivor Wallace.INBM7-14 015SC.