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End of an era for the caring caretaker who raised £700,000 for over 60 charities


The bank account of Coleraine’s Caring Caretaker now reads £0.00 as Davy Boyle has presented his final charity cheques at the end of an era of fundraising.


Davy’s two chosen charities for his final fundraising Christmas sit-out – NI Kidney Research Fund and Sands NI – were the recipients of the magnificent sums of £15,925 each.



In an emotional evening, Davy recalled how his fundraising began with a sponsored walk before he came up with the idea of a pre-Christmas sit-out which soon became part of the Causeway Coast’s festive traditions. The Caring Caretaker’s sit-outs happened come rain, hail or snow.


Over his years of fundraising for over 60 different charities, Davy raised over £700,000 – his wish to reach the £1,000,000 mark was only thwarted by the Covid pandemic restrictions.




Representing the NI Kidney Research Fund, Alison McCaughan spoke about how Davy’s donation of over £15,000 would help the work carried out by the fund,


“The word ‘legend’ is overused but we have our own legend here in Coleraine and that’s Davy Boyle. Thank you for all that you do for so many charities in so many ways. You are a very special person.”


Following the presentation of the cheques, Davy thanked his family and friends as well as members of the business community for their help and support. And although Davy has retired from his annual Christmas sit-out, it sounds like he is not ready to take it easy at home. The big hearted gentleman finished by saying:


"I will be back doing something for the charities in the near future."



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