Northern Ireland news

Thousands don Christmas jumpers in Derry for charity world record bid

Gareth McKeown
18 December, 2016 16:56

AS many as 4,000 people got into in the festive spirit in Derry at the weekend in a bid to break the world record for people wearing Christmas jumpers in one place.

The spectacular charity event was held on Sunday on the city's historic walls and attracted support from across the community including the Apprentice Boys, GAA, Derry City FC and Irish dancing schools.

Participants were counted as they passed through Magazine Gate before going on a short walk as they were treated to entertainment and live music.

Participants included Catholic Bishop Donal McKeown and Church of Ireland Bishop Ken Good as well as Foyle MP Mark Durkan.

Organisers were hoping to pass the existing Guinness World Record of 3,473 set by the city of Kansas in the US.

All money raised is going towards charities including Children in Crossfire, the Foyle Hospice and Concern.

Money is also being given to Muscular Dystrophy UK #Team#Evan in memory of Evan McGrotty (8) who drowned with his father Sean (49), brother Mark (12), grandmother Ruth Daniels (57) and aunt Jodie-Lee (14) in the Buncrana pier tragedy in March this year.

Meanwhile, hundreds of hardy swimmers dressed in Christmas outfits have taken part in a north coast splash for charity.

The Santa Splash 2016 on Portrush's East Strand raised money for the Children's Heartbeat Trust, which campaigns for the best treatment for young people with heart disease.

18 December, 2016 16:56 Northern Ireland news