Belfast Telegraph

Buncrana pier tragedy mum backing Christmas sweater world record bid

By Allan Preston

A mother who lost five members of her family in the Buncrana pier tragedy has pledged her support for a world record attempt in wearing Christmas jumpers.

Louise James attended the launch in Londonderry yesterday for the fundraising challenge along with her baby daughter Rioghnach-Ann - the only survivor of the disaster in March.

The festive challenge hopes to make the pages of the Guinness Book of Records, as well as raising money for a host of charities.

Louise is raising money for muscular dystrophy through #TeamEvan in memory of her son who lived with the condition.

"My beautiful boy Evan showed amazing bravery and courage throughout his bright, but short life," said Ms James in a message on the fundraising site. "We always dreamed of finding a cure for him. It would be great to one day see a cure developed to beat this cruel condition."

Other charities to benefit will include Children in Crossfire, Concern, Foyle Hospice, Action Cancer NI and Tearfund.

The record bid takes place on Sunday, December 18 at 11.30am with a target of beating the previous record of 3,474 Christmas jumper wearers. Participants can register at

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