Amy’s joy at success of Christmas appeal


A local woman spearheading a gifts appeal for children in hospital has been overwhelmed by the support she has received.

Amy Uprichard launched the appeal having spent last Christmas in hospital following a bone marrow transplant as she battled cancer.

She said: “I am so happy at the incredible donations received over the past week. We are coming down with gifts of all types,

“A special thank you to Lurgan Institute who very kindly donated a large amount of gifts for children of all ages.

“We really appreciate your generosity and we know that these gifts will put a smile on a child’s face who really needs a little lift this Christmas. A big thank you to Mr and Mrs Lutton who very kindly delivered the gifts on the Institute’s behalf.

“If only I could thank each individual who has sent their donations but I would be here all night. We really appreciate every single donation, it will mean the world to each child who we are able to support.”

Banbridge Football Club is hosting their Christmas dinner on Saturday and Amy thanked them for their phenomenal support over the past few weeks.

She said: “The supporters club has been incredible and have done amazing work in helping me spread the word and collect gifts. Along with Sinead Devlin whose Christmas lights this year was used to raise money and gifts for our appeal.”

Sinead also organised a raffle with the draw to be made on Friday, contact Amy via Facebook for details or call into Q Cabs or Mulkerns Spar in Banbridge.

It is £1 for one space or £5 for six.

Prizes include: Mulkerns spar hamper, Biggerstaffs hamper, luxury coffee hamper, beauty hamper from Gordon’s chemist, £30 Karen flowers voucher, £30 bistro voucher, wash cut and blowdry with Helena Barr at Headlines, wash cut and blow dry at The Workz, hot towel shave and haircut from Michael Wards salon, £30 Harry’s Bar voucher and lots more.

Deadline for gifts is Sunday - drop off points include Charles Gilmore Fine Art Dealers in Belfast, Elizabeth Jayne House of Beauty in Lurgan, and Dynamique Dancewear Lurgan.