Remembering lovely Karen...

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FRIENDS and colleagues of the late Ballycastle woman Karen Coyles have raised £2,300 at the University of Ulster, Coleraine, to help the Community Rescue Service (CRS).

In order to thank the CRS for their extraordinary help during the search for their dear friend and colleague, staff from the Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) at the University of Ulster held a Christmas Cake, Craft, Book and DVD sale to raise money for the voluntary community organisation.

With the help of colleagues in the School of Biomedical Sciences and other University departments, the team from NICHE spent many hours baking, icing and decorating hundreds of tasty and nutritious cupcakes, pastries, cakes and buns.

In the run-up to the event, craft evenings were even held in the University’s Senior Common Room and books, CDs and DVDs were donated from throughout the university.

Professor Barbara Livingstone from NICHE said “Staff and students were keen to do something to help raise funds for the rescue service after seeing the hard work and the commitment from the volunteers to help the local community search for missing persons”.

A raffle was also held, with prizes kindly donated from staff and local businesses – from hand-made Christmas cakes to a DVD player (Henderson’s) and a Sunday carvery for two (Portstewart Golf Club). Congratulations to all those who won.

Sean McCarry, Community Rescue Service regional commander, paid a visit to the university on the day of the sale. He was delighted with the response and more so with the very tasty buns.

The total raised was an amazing £2,300 and NICHE would like to sincerely thank all staff, students and visitors who kindly helped us in our efforts. Sean McCarry said that “every single penny would be put to good use to purchase equipment urgently needed by the Community Rescue Service” and he was extremely grateful for the support from the university.

Alison Deehan, NICHE Administrator said, “Karen was such a popular and respected member of staff and it is the least we could do to pay tribute to a dear friend”.

“The team in NICHE and School of Biomedical Sciences will be hosting further events to support and raise more money for the Community Rescue Service, so keep alook out for these not-to-be-missed activities, “ she added.