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Delight at mystery £1m donation for Northern Ireland social need fund

Big impact: Keadue Fund officer Shauna Kelpie
Big impact: Keadue Fund officer Shauna Kelpie
Donna Deeney

By Donna Deeney

A mystery benefactor has donated £1m to community groups who tackle homelessness, mental health and educational under-achievement in Londonderry.

While the person's identity remains a secret, it is someone from the Derry area who wanted to use their success and good fortune to help others.

The Community Foundation, based in Creggan, have created the Keadue Fund which will provide grants to organisations tackling social need over the next 10 years.

Siofra Healy, director of philanthropy at the foundation, explained how the generous donation came about.

She said: "The donor had been thinking about doing this for a while. They want to use their success and good fortune to give back to their community and make a significant difference and impact on the lives of others, particularly people affected by inequality and those who are experiencing personal and family crisis, often through no fault of their own.

"Helping local people by setting up the Keadue Fund is a perfect way for them to give back to a wide range of people and projects. The Community Foundation has enabled this and is supporting the donor to reach the projects and people most in need, advising on where and how to make a impact."

Shauna Kelpie, fund development officer at the foundation, said the money will make a big difference to those working at the front line of mental health issues, isolation and disadvantage in Derry.

She said: "This is going to make a big impact, and on behalf of the people and organisations that will benefit, I can't thank the donor enough.

"Although we are known for our generosity in NI, this long term and planned support for the local community is unprecedented in the North West and very encouraging for everyone involved.

"The foundation aims to inspire generosity and to connect people who care to the causes that matter, and we are privileged to be able to distribute this money on behalf of the Keadue Fund."

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