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Frank Mitchell

Without dedicated, selfless people like John Dalzell, vital funds for charity would never be raised

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Former Fiirst Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill join John Dalzell at his Christmas sit-out to raise funds for the Southern Area Hospice, Newry, December 2020

Former Fiirst Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill join John Dalzell at his Christmas sit-out to raise funds for the Southern Area Hospice, Newry, December 2020

Former Fiirst Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill join John Dalzell at his Christmas sit-out to raise funds for the Southern Area Hospice, Newry, December 2020

I read an article yesterday about my friend John Dalzell from Newry. To give him his full title, John Dalzell MBE. John has been honoured a number of times for his amazing fundraising work. He focuses on support for the local hospice and over the last 25 years has raised in the region of £1.5 million. He does it the hard way. Wrapped in layers to protect himself from the biting winter chill, he spends most of December among the shoppers collecting cash and reminding people that at some time almost every family locally might avail of the expert care from the staff at the Southern Area Hospice.

John, like so many other generous people, gives that precious commodity of time. Most of us don’t have the ability to be so generous. We might pop a fiver in the collection and feel we’ve done our bit and of course every donation counts, but without dedicated people like John the collection never happens and the funds are never raised. It takes a special mindset. The generous people who give their time begin by thinking: how can I help those in need?


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