A Glaswegian businessman who recently shifted his operation to Derry has made a generous offer to provide some festive cheer to homeless people in the city.
Gerry Strain, proprietor of Document Solutions will open up his premises at Rathmor in Creegan this Thursday, December 20 to at least 50 people for a free Christmas dinner, dessert, tea, coffee and soft drinks.
Poignantly, Gerry Strain has named his Creggan premises Kevin O’Brien House in honour of the well-known Derry man and his best friend who sadly passed away back in 2006.
Mr Strain established his business in his native Scotland around five years ago, but shifted his operation to Derry in October this year. The business specialises in providing printers and photocopiers, but in addition provides back up solutions for the software that operates the systems as well.
Speaking to the Derry News, Gerry Strain said: “My best friend Kevin O’Brien was from Creggan. He passed away over ten years ago so a lot of my decision to relocate to Derry was in memory of him.
“Kevin also did a lot of work for charity so I thought this was a good chance to put something back. It’s just an invite to people for some food and more importantly some company for a few hours.
“I can accommodate 50 people at the Rathmor office on Thursday but I am perfectly willing to pay for more if the need is there,” Gerry said.
Asked what prompted him to make his generous offer, the businessman continued: “Walking around Derry at times you can see that things are not ideal. Derry has been deprived for a long time for many reasons. I would have the same mindset that Kevin had.
“I’ve built my business up over five years and I have managed to increase it year on year. I’ve been able to create ten jobs in Derry, and if you take into account that the average family here has five people, that’s fifty people or more that we can support.”
Anyone wishing to take up Gerry Strain’s offer of Christmas dinner on Thursday should go to Kevin O’Brien House at Rathmor for 5.30pm although the doors will be open at 4.30pm.
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