THE heartbroken family of a missing Derry man have said they have been overwhelmed by the support they’ve received as searches continue this week along the riverbank.
Such is the numbers people turning out on a daily basis for Andrew Quigley that a number of shelters and port-a-loos have now been donated for those involved in the daily combing of the River Foyle area.
A massive search operation began at the weekend after personal items belonging to the 19 year-old were discovered at the Foyle Bridge in the early hours of Saturday morning.
In addition to the on-going parols of the water being conducted by Foyle Search and Rescue and other agencies, scores of people have turned out to help Mr Quigley’s family and friends continue their searching the missing Galliagh man.
That has now seen a number of gazebos erected to provide shelter for those involved, while public toilet facilities are also available at Keys and McMahon Builders’ Merchants on the Bay Road.
Speaking to the Derry News yesterday, the missing man’s uncle, Dermot Quigley, said that the family had been ‘overwhelmed’ by the level of support they’ve received over what has been a difficult time for the family.
“The response had been brilliant, from the people of Derry, community groups and local businesses,” he said.
“Due to the number of people coming out to help us, we put a call out for shelters to accommodate them when they’re out.
“A woman then stumped for them out of her own pocket, anonymously, and there’s now port-a-loos available at the builders’ yard close by.”
He added that the searches are set to continue until his nephew is found.
“We will be out here every day until we find Andrew,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Quigley has also organised an event set to take place at the Peace Bridge this Saturday in protest against Foyle Search and Rescue and HURT being denied funding for a new counselling centre for those found in distress close to the River Foyle.
“This week has brought the work done by both of these organisations into focus, and shows why now, more than ever, they deserve this funding,” he added.
“So we’ve now organised a protest for the Peace Bridge this Saturday at 1pm calling for this money to be allocated, and I’d urge everyone who feels strongly about this to attend.”
Mr Quigley asked those seeking to attend the protest to line up at either side of the Peace Bridge to allow a free flow of pedestrians across the structure during the protest.
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