While most of us were curled up in front of the fire, thinking about getting those last few presents and planning Christmas dinner, Alastair Coyles was sitting at The Diamond in Ballymoney, often in below zero temperatures, in his role as Black Santa.
From 10th to 24th December, from 10am to 5pm each day, apart from Sundays, he collected money generously donated by members of the public, in aid of his nominated charities, of which we were humbled to be one.
In total, he raised just a few pounds under £9,000 and each charity, therefore, benefited to the tune of £1,285.
What a marvellous result from a very generous gentleman, who most certainly puts himself out for the benefit of others!
For the record, as well as NICLT, Alastair’s charities were:
Antrim Renal Unit, ST Vincent de Paul, The Salvation Army, Drop Inn Ministries, CAN and The Samaritans….we are in good company…and in good hands!
Thank you, Alastair.
PIC (L-R) Ivor Wallace, Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Alastair Coyles and Raymond Pollock, MBE.