Humbling stories as St Anne’s prepares for Good Samaritans’ Service

By karen

Songs of Praise presenter Claire McCollum is special guest at the Good Samaritans' Service on February 1. Picture by Brian Thompson/Presseye

Songs of Praise presenter Claire McCollum is special guest at the Good Samaritans’ Service on February 1. Picture by Brian Thompson/Presseye

A charity training dogs to literally transform people’s lives is one of almost 200 to be awarded a share of money raised by the annual Black Santa Sitout at Belfast Cathedral.

Almost £180,000 will be distributed at the Good Samaritans’ Service in St Anne’s on Sunday February 1 at 3.30pm with special guest Songs of Praise presenter Claire McCollum.

The recipients range from small charities, run by a handful of volunteers, to national charities who need every penny to help the people who rely on them here in Northern Ireland. They include charities working with children and the elderly, charities specialising in music, in sport and arts, charities whose support is a lifeline in deprived communities, charities who strive to find cures and comforts, and charities who work overseas.

Ellis hugs his assistance dog Tilly. Assistance Dogs NI receives a grant from Black Santa. Photo: Bernie Brown.

Assistance Dogs NI will use its grant to buy equipment for five pups currently in training for a role which will transform life for a child with autism or someone with a disability. The dogs’ skills …read more

Read the full article here: http://connor.anglican.org/2015/01/30/humbling-stories-st-annes-prepares-good-samaritans-service/


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