FAMILY and friends of a young Derry man who died two years ago have raised almost £18,000 for Foyle Search and Rescue in his memory.
Aodhán O’Donnell died in 2018 after entering the River Foyle.
The local rescue team played a leading role in the operation which led to the recovery of the 19-year-old’s body.
FSR say: “A massive thank you to the O’Donnell family and friends for donating an amazing £17250.17 and €510.00 following their 13k over 13 days fundraiser in loving memory of Aodhan O’Donnell.
“Well done for raising that amount of money.
“It will make a huge impact within our charity.
“Thank you to everyone who donated and supported the O’Donnell’s with their event and in turn supporting our charity, we are extremely grateful.”
In a way of saying thank you to FSR, Aodhán’s family and friends organised a unique 13-day fundraising event earlier this year.
Participants either cycled, jogged or walked 13 kilometres each day for 13 days in a row.
Aodhán was a talented hurler and had represented St Columb’s College, Na Magha and County Derry.
He wore the number 13 jersey and the number 13 has become a special number for all who knew him.
On days 1 and 13 of the fundraiser, family and friends came together to begin and finish the challenge.
The fundraising event raised £17,250.17 and €510 for Foyle Search and Rescue.
Members of Aodhán’s family visited the Foyle Search and Rescue base at Prehen to hand over the money.