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£1,400 raised for security system for 101-year-old Strabane man

By Michael Sheils McNamee

A fund raiser for a 101-year-old Strabane man managed to raise £1,400 in just four hours following a break-in at his house.

On Friday thieves broke into the home of Pat Gillespie at Railway Street through a back window and made off with quantity of cash.

Following the incident, a fundraiser was launched by local SDLP MLA Danny McCrossan for a new security system for the centenarian.

In just four hours the target of £1,400 was exceeded and the fund-raising drive closed.

Speaking with the Belfast Telegraph, Mr McCrossan said he had been in contact with Pat, and that while he was grateful for the offer he "can't possibly accept donations from the good people of Strabane".

"It says a lot about the great man Pat is," said Mr McCrossan.

He added he had been in contact with Crowdfunder and was arranging for the money donated to be returned.

"Pat is and always has been a great ambassador for Strabane and shines in abundance all that is good about this place we call home," said Mr McCrossan.

"What happened to this gentle, kind and delightful man is truly unforgivable and without words.

"When I asked how he felt about those who'd robbed him, he said 'Daniel, I'm going to pray for the three of them tonight'.

"What a remarkable man, his company would give anyone a considerable boost."

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