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Derry Girls star Saoirse-Monica Jackson visits addiction support charity HURT

Saoirse-Monica Jackson, from Derry Girls, lending her support to the Derry charity HURT as they bid to be named Best Health Project in the National Lottery Awards. Left to right: Tina Burns, Sadie O’Reilly (HURT Founder), Saoirse-Monica Jackson and Paula McCloskey
Áine Quinn

Derry Girls star Saoirse-Monica Jackson visited a charity yesterday to provide her support as they appeal for votes to be named Best Health Project in the 2018 National Lottery Awards.

Have Your Tomorrows (HURT) is a Derry-based family support group and suicide prevention charity which has been supported by the National Lottery. It also offers help to people who are struggling with addiction, and their families.

Sadie O’Reilly, who founded the charity following the death of her son Tony from a drug overdose in 1999, said: “Over the years, we at HURT, must have worked with thousands of real-life Derry girls and boys and their families providing addiction support services.

“Funding from the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund, has been crucial in helping us carry out this vital work. It would mean so much to us all to win a National Lottery Award and we are immensely grateful for Saoirse’s support.

Saoirse-Monica added: “I was delighted to be able to meet Sadie O’Reilly and her fantastic team at HURT.

“Drug and alcohol addiction is such an important issue and Derry, like many other places, has its fair share of problems. However, it is heartening to learn that organisations like HURT can offer much needed help and assistance not only to people suffering from addiction but their families too.

"To win a National Lottery Award would be a fitting recognition for HURT and I hope everyone can get behind them and vote for them.”

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