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Derry Girls star gets behind local charity as it bids for top award

by staff reporter

Derry Girls star Saoirse-Monica Jackson has given her support to local charity HURT (Have Your Tomorrows) as it attempts to win a National Lottery Award.

The actress, who plays Erin Quinn in the hit Channel 4 comedy series, visited the project yesterday to learn more about its lifesaving work in the field of addiction services.

HURT, which has been supported by National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund, is a family support group and suicide prevention charity which offers help to people suffering from addiction and their families.

It was set up by Sadie O'Reilly following the death of her son Tony from a drug overdose.

HURT is appealing for votes in order to be named Best Health Project in the 2018 National Lottery Awards - the annual search for the public's favourite National Lottery-funded projects.

During her visit Saoirse-Monica met Sadie and the rest of the HURT team and joined young people taking part in one of the organisation's personal development programmes.

The star said: "Drug and alcohol addiction is such an important issue and Derry, like many other places, has its fair share of problems.

However, it is heartening to learn that organisations like HURT can offer much needed help and assistance not only to people suffering from addiction but their families too.

Sadie commented: "It was a great honour to welcome Saoirse to HURT. The success of Derry Girls put our city and our young people on the map for all the right reasons.

"Saoirse is a great ambassador for Derry and our young people."

To vote for HURT in the 2018 National Lottery Awards, visit www/lottery.goodcauses.org.uk/awards/health, call 0844 836 9695 or post a tweet on Twitter containing their hashtag #NLAHurt.

Voting closes at midnight on July 27.

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