Council Chair hosts reception for Carrickmore fundraiser, Seamus Russell

1st November 2021

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The Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Errol Thompson, recently hosted a reception for Carrickmore man, Seamus Russell, who has raised more than £85,000 for various local charities. Please see below, text of the Chairman’s speech at the reception.

“Seamus, fellow Councillors, ladies and gentlemen,

As Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, I am delighted to welcome you all here to the Council Offices this evening.

I would like to extend a particularly warm welcome to Seamus Russell in whose honour this evening’s reception is being held.

Over the years, Seamus has gained a reputation for shaving his head almost on an annual basis for charity. Through this novel way of fundraising, Seamus has not only raised awareness for the work of numerous local charities but has in the process raised in excess of £85,000 for those charities which is a phenomenal amount. In the current climate where their incomes have been hit badly by the pandemic, it is people like Seamus who are the lifeblood of charities.

I believe it is important that we, as a Council, recognises the exceptional efforts and contribution to the community of our residents and I am honoured to have the opportunity to publicly pay tribute to Seamus this evening.

Termonmaguirc Cancer Patients Comfort Fund, are just one of the many charities who have benefitted from Seamus’ selflessness and big heart and I know that they are extremely grateful for all you have done for them over the years.

I am reliably informed, Seamus, that prior to getting you hair shaved, it tends to change colour, the brighter the better.

Seamus, I understand that you have indicated that you may no longer be shaving your head. I am confident however, that with such generosity of spirit, you will find another avenue to continue to fundraise for the local charities who have already benefitted so much from your great efforts.

I believe you recently celebrated a milestone birthday and I would like to take this opportunity, somewhat belatedly to wish you a happy birthday.

In concluding, can I, on behalf of the Members of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, and on my own behalf, thank you most sincerely for your efforts over the years and wish you well in the future.”