Decked out digger raises over £9,000 for charity 

From left, dad Paddy with little Zac, with mum Donna and Jamie.

PEOPLE from Dunamanagh and beyond have ‘dug deep’ in support of the Woods family’s festive digger, raising £9,000 in the process. 

In December of last year, Paddy and Donna Woods decided to give one of their diggers an extra special festive makeover with the hope of reaching a target of £500 for The Children’s Cancer Unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. 

In spite of the target, the extravagant excavator proved to be such a hit with family, friends and Dunamanagh residents that a grand total of £9,192.77 was scooped.

Donna Woods, whose son Zac was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia over a year ago, was overwhelmed with the fund-raising total for The Children’s Cancer Unit. 

“The money will be put to excellent use and we are overwhelmed to be able to give back to the Children’s Hospital who have helped Zac. We would like to extend our thanks to the general public, family and friends who supported and donated to the cause.”

A number of weeks ago, Donna, Patrick and young Zac brought the cheque to the Children’s Cancer unit, which was personally handed over by Zac himself. 

“We are incredibly grateful to all. The digger was a big hit and people came from miles around to see it. People ask if we will do it again next year, but we will see.

“The Children’s Cancer Unit Charity’s mission is to support the work of the existing unit and staff at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children in providing care for children with cancer and blood disorders. This includes funding equipment and resources such as staff training and research.”

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