St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral in Armagh recently held a service of Thanksgiving to commemorate the children’s charity Barnardo’s 150th anniversary.
Founded by Dublin-born Dr Thomas Barnardo in 1866, today it supports over 8,000 children, young people and their families across Northern Ireland building stronger families, safer childhoods and positive futures.
In Armagh Barnardo’s runs a Family Resource Centre, a Young People’s Partnership for teenagers and its Disabled Children and Young People’s Participation Project which is based at Towerhill.
The service was attended by young people, staff, friends and supporters including representatives of Barnardo’s Helper Groups from Dungannon, Banbridge, Newry, Bangor and Portadown, and was officiated by Dean Gregory Dunstan, while Fr Peter McVerry gave the homily.
Pictured front row (l-r): Laura Powell, Rosemary Garvey, Jamie Curran and Caitlin Turley who are part of Barnardo’s ‘Disabled Children and Young People’s Participation Project’ (DCYPPP) which is based in Armagh.
Back row (l-r) Jennifer Eitel MBE, Dungannon BHG, Director Barnardo’s NI Lynda Wilson, Dean Gregory Dunstan, Barnardo’s Manager DCYPPP Rosemary Murray, Baroness May Blood and Lady Sylvia Hermon MP.