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Video: Belfast's Black Santa collection hopes to top last year’s total as charity vigil comes to an end

Dean John Mann has been collecting money at the annual Black Santa collection outside the doors of St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast.

So far generous people round the city centre have helped to raise £122,000, at the last count.

Dean John Mann said: “People have been giving a lot this morning, with a lot of children donating today.

“It is hard to say if we will beat our target of £200,000, but I feel hopeful as people are still giving money.”

The Black Santa event has been running since 1976, and this is Dean John Mann’s fifth year collecting on the streets on Belfast.

If you would like to donate to the Black Santa appeal you can leave money outside St Anne’s Cathedral until 4.30pm on Christmas Eve.

For more information visit http://www.belfastcathedral.org/

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