Chat-topping band Snow Patrol has donated £20,000 to a cancer wing at Alnagelivin Hospital following a pledge to forgo proceeds from two Christmas concerts last year.
Gary Lightbody, Jonathan Quinn, Nathan Connolly, Tom Simpson, Paul Wilson and Johnny McDaid said the donation came following two sold-out dates for their acoustic Christmas show held at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast in December.
Lead singer Lightbody told fans at the hometown gig that all money raised from both concerts would be donated to Children’s charities and hospital wards.
And in another generous gesture they then doubled the money raised, gathering £60,000 in total.
One third of that final sum will now go to the Sperrin Suite based at Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry.
Staff members Caroline Oates, Liz England, Michelle Doherty, and Helen Nutt all received a special invite from the band for the gig, describing it as “absolutely fantastic!”
Caroline Oates, Western Trust Chemotherapy Unit Manager, said the band’s generosity overwhelmed her, and added a big thanks from all the staff at the unit.
“Being such a big fan of the band I was astounded when I received the call from Snow Patrol’s Management Team who told me ‘We are delighted to say that Snow Patrol will be donating £20,000 to the Western Trust Chemotherapy Unit’.
“Their generosity has been totally overwhelming and I would personally like to thank them as their donation will make a huge impact in providing comforts for patients undergoing treatment in the Chemotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital.”
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