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Video: Undercover 'volunteer' surprises Londonderry charities with £440,000

Two charities in Londonderry have been surprised by the National Lottery with the news that they had been funded to the tune of £443,920.

The plan to catch the groups off-guard involved National Lottery player Rachelle going undercover to visit First Housing Aid and Business in the Community.

Both groups operate across Northern Ireland, but have dedicated offices set up in Derry.

As part of the plan from the National Lottery, regular player Rachelle from Belfast made the journey up the A6 purportedly representing the Big Lottery Fund - the funding branch of the National Lottery - and claims to be there to meet some of the charity's clients and staff.

After hearing about the work carried out by the charities, she reveals that she is in fact there to present the organisations with a cheque.

First Housing Aid work to help individuals and families transition from homelessness into temporary accommodation, while Business in the Community work to increase business's social responsibility.

Both charities will be uniting to carry out the #WorkItOut initiative that will help disadvantaged young people from the Derry-Strabane area aged 16 to 25 who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless, and will work with them to create employment opportunities.

Speaking about the funding, director of operations at First housing Aid and Support Services said: "This funding will give great support to young people who may not have had any formal education. It will help put them on a level playing field to go out and build a better future for themselves."

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