Spectrum Employment Solutions provide permanent job opportunities to people living or wanting to work in Mid Ulster. The business was set up by Tyrone native Con Gallagher who spent 15 years in the heavy engineering sector and 10 in recruitment before opening his own business in Cookstown. Con employs 2 people at present – Donna McGurk, who originates from Dungannon, and his son Conor who is working part time in the business at present as he is completing his third and final year at University of Ulster in Coleraine.

Spectrum’s focus is on helping people find their next career move and is firmly based around their tagline ‘Here to Help’. But they have taken this approach to a very personal level by launching a Christmas Toy & Gift appeal to help those in need in the local area.

The ‘Here to Help at Christmas’ campaign is all about giving and, just like their focus on the local area for business, Spectrum are focusing on the Mid Ulster area to help with this campaign.

Launch photo 2018

Con confirmed how it came about:

‘We felt that we wanted to do something in the local area in the run up to Christmas to help people less fortunate than most of us. Donna suggested the toy appeal for local Children and I agreed it was a great way for us to help families in the Mid Ulster area. As a business, we work almost exclusively with Mid Ulster businesses and people and we knew that this campaign would sit well with our local focus. ’

To ensure everything donated by the general public would reach local families, Con approached 2 local charities to see if they would be interested in accepting these gifts and donating them to those most in need in Mid Ulster. Mid Ulster Womens Aid and St Vincent De Paul (SVP) in Cookstown met with the Spectrum team  and Con explained why these 2 charities in particular were chosen for the campaign.

‘Geraldine Reid and Nicola Dynes from Mid Ulster Womens Aid and Denise McVeigh from SVP Cookstown work very closely with families who find it hard to provide for their children all year round with Christmas being a particularly hard time to find extra money for gifts. Some years they are only able to give a small selection box due to lack of funds/gifts so we hope that this year we can help them that bit more with the help of the people in Mid Ulster.’

If you would like to donate a new toy or a gift voucher from a large store that sells clothes, toys or sportswear/goods, then please call into Spectrum’s office in Cookstown. They are situated at Unit T4 in the Derryloran Industrial Estate off the Sandholes Road near to the head office of Cookstown Enterprise Centre. Con, Donna and Conor will be on hand to accept your gift Monday – Friday between 9am and 5pm. You can find them on facebook, Instagram or via their website www.spectrumes.co.uk

Con concluded:

‘We hope to welcome a lot of people to our office and the kettle will always be on the boil if people have time for a cup of tea or coffee. If people are considering donating and don’t know what to buy for a boy or girl and what age would suit, buy a gift voucher and the parents can then use that to choose something suitable. Gift vouchers are especially good for the older children as it will allow them to buy what they really want be that sports clothing, books or trainers. We will keep people updated as often as we can and I would like to thank everyone who has agreed to help so far including the people at the charities, Carol Doey from The Hub in Cookstown who does a fantastic job for local people in Cookstown, Jim and Mary from Cookstown Enterprise, Kel Dickson from the Big Giraffe who has agreed to help with promoting the campaign at no cost, and my own staff who are so keen to make this a success for the children. There are lots of national campaigns which do a fantastic job but this one is 100% helping those in need in Mid Ulster so I hope the local people will come out and support it.’

Please help if you can – this is a great campaign and everything goes to children from new born to 18 years old in the local Mid Ulster area.