A TOTAL of £2255 was raised from a car wash at Crumlin Fire Station last Saturday in memory of Lisburn man Paul McLea.
The event was organised by Paul's brother-in-law Jim McGann, at Crumlin Fire Station and all the money will go towards the NSPCC/Childline
Jim helped set up a tribute fund in memory of Paul and has been fundraising for NSPCC/Childline for eighteen months.
The Crumlin firefighter went on: "Paul cared about the welfare of young people and it is an honour to fundraise in his memory".
"I was overwhelmed by the generosity of local people in their response to our fundraising efforts for the NSPCC/Childline. My colleagues Neil Cousins and Michael McKenna gave up their time willingly and the support of our Station Commander Marty McDonald was greatly appreciated."
Paul's wife" Gillian" said "I'd like to thank all those who braved last Saturday's blustery weather to raise so much money in Paul's memory. My family were out in force supporting the event" just as they have supported me in so many ways since Paul's sudden death. The very clear sense of community spirit throughout the day was heartwarming and I know Paul would have been thrilled that so much money was raised for such a good cause." A number of firms made donations" Belfast International Airport" McDonalds Sprucefield" Hair at BT29" The Radisson" Park Plaza and Causeway Hotels" G and M Foods and Pizzarelly's. CocaCola and Bushe's Bakery also donated refreshments for the car washing team and Crumlin man Tom Aughey donated a raffle prize.