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Leading NI concert promoter JMG Music Group helping homeless get a warm Christmas dinner

Generosity: James McGarrity (centre) presents a cheque for £1,200 to Glenda McAuley and Charles McGarry of Rosemount House.
Generosity: James McGarrity (centre) presents a cheque for £1,200 to Glenda McAuley and Charles McGarry of Rosemount House.

By Jane Fletcher

One of Northern Ireland’s leading concert promoters is helping ensure homeless people here get a warm Christmas dinner.

James McGarrity, CEO of JMG Music Group based in Ballycastle, Co Antrim, has generously donated £1,200 to the Belfast-based Rosemount House charity which provides sheltered and professionally supported accommodation for men seeking continuing recovery from alcohol addiction.

This donation will help ensure some 90 homeless people enjoy Christmas dinner on December 25.

Charlie McGarry, manager of the Rosemount House centre, said: “This is a fantastic act of generosity from James and everyone at the centre is delighted he has made this kind donation to our centre.”

JMG Music Group works with a host of top stars, promoting around 300 shows all across the UK and Ireland annually. On a recent tour in the UK, seeing so many disadvantaged people, James felt the need to do something for a local homeless charity this Christmas.

The businessman said: “Over the course of the last few months I have travelled all across the UK on various tours and in every city and town we worked.

“There was a serious problem with homeless people sleeping on the streets, all ages and all creeds. I saw homelessness can affect anyone.

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“One evening around 5.30pm in South Shields, I saw a few homeless people waiting outside shops until they closed and locked up, then they dived to the doors to salvage the last bit of heat to keep warm which really sent a shockwave through my body.

“I have noticed the homeless numbers growing and I thought this year I am going to do something to help. I believe if you can give something this Christmas for those less fortunate, then do it.

“I had a tour of Rosemount House when presenting the cheque and the work that Charlie, Glenda and all the team do is inspirational.

“I’m delighted that JMG Music Group can help spread a little bit of joy this Christmas in this season of goodwill and support those less fortunate.”

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