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Turn Our City White: Foyle College raising funds for Samaritans of Derry with “Boat Of Hope” across Atlantic

This Summer, Foyle College are involved with the Boat of Hope Campaign and would be delighted if businesses would join others across the North West in this fundraising initiative for Samaritans of Derry.

The focus of the campaign is young people’s mental health, with all funds donated to Samaritans’ Derry. The event itself will take place on 1 June coinciding with International Children’s Day.


“Bernie Hollywood 40 years incredible years of making a difference”. Bernie Hollywood OBE JP is one of the world’s most accomplished adventurers having reached the Geographic Poles, climbed some of the world’s highest mountains, ran 150 marathons, to name but a few of his most famous expeditions.

He has raised 42 million pounds over 40 years for UK and overseas charities. Supporting hundreds of social enterprises across the world, making them sustainable.

He is an ambassador for Wallace & Gromit Children’s Charity, Save the Children UK & Barnardo’s.

Boat of Hope Campaign

“Many aspects of young people’s lives have been impacted by the pandemic. Research has revealed that in the second UK national lockdown many young people experienced increased symptoms of anxiety and depression. Determined to make a difference, Social Entrepreneur Adventurer Bernie Hollywood is taking on the roughest rowing challenge in December 2022, rowing 3000 miles solo across the Atlantic to raise one million to bring hope to the young people who have been battling with mental health issues.

Joint Businesses & Schools Initiative participation

Bernie Hollywood and his incredible Boat will be spending the day in our city on the 1st of June 2022. Foyle College were chosen to host Bernie as one of their pupil’s art design was selected and is muralled on the boat.

We are planning to invite fifteen pupils from each secondary school to join us on the day to celebrate by being part of this unique and final expedition of Bernie Hollywood. The pupils will hear first hand Bernie’s planned endeavours across the Atlantic and view the boat.

Please join us in TURNING OUR CITY WHITE.

If you would like to make a donation to Samaritans of Derry, please contact: [email protected] or call 07547460246.