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Charity’s resilience earns Dodds’ praise

by Chris McCann

North Belfast DUP MP Nigel Dodds visited the 174 Trust at Duncairn Avenue last week.

Mr Dodds was given a tour of the trust’s premises by project director the Rev Bill Shaw, who spoke about the positive reaction from across the community after the charity suffered from a break-in and theft of presents intended for disabled children just before Christmas last year.

Mr Dodds said: “It was most interesting to visit the trust and hear more about the valuable work it carries out.

“This work includes a pre-school playgroup, after-schools club, cross-community youth work and support for children with disabilities and their families.

“Sadly, the trust suffered from anti-social behaviour from a group of youths last year, culminating in a break-in and the theft of presents intended for disabled children.

However, the Rev Shaw explained that when news of this was publicised in the media there was a very positive reaction from across the community which ensured that presents were replaced and many practical offers of support were received.

“It is always encouraging to hear when human decency outweighs the harmful actions of others.

“I enjoyed hearing about the work of the trust, which is a long-standing Christian-based charity, and I wish it well this week as it will be launching its plans for the next five years.”

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