Our survey said...well done
Majella and family!
A DONEGAL depression
charity is almost €40,000 richer today thanks to a
big win by Majella O'Donnell and her family on a TV
Donegal Mind Wellness was founded by Majella and a
number of volunteers last year.
It was the chosen charity when she, husband Daniel,
her children Siobhan and Michael and Daniel's niece
and PA Trish Doogan appeared on Family Fortunes last
They were pitted against television presenter Helen
Skelton and her family on the popular ITV show.
The delighted couple were clearly emotional to win
so big for the fledgling Donegal charity.
The O'Donnell clan showed great team work in
reaching the all-important final with Majella going
first to compete for the big money while Daniel sat
in the sound-proof booth.
She and Daniel managed to win the £10,000 but then
topped it up with a whopping £20,000 by getting the
fantastic five top answers.
Daniel and Majella O'Donnell pictured
on Family Fortunes with from left Daniel's niece
Trish Doogan and Majella's children Siobhan and
Majella cringed when
she chose 'pigeon' as her answer to the question:
name a bird that people eat. But Daniel flew to her
rescue by getting the top answer 'chicken'. Majella
needn't have worried however, because she managed to
get several other top-scoring answers.
Ironically, 'tweeting' about her bird shame later,
Majella quipped: "Where I got pigeon from I will
never know?! Delighted for charity #donegalmindwellness."
Meanwhile, the family received floods of good wishes
on their win.
Donegal Mind Wellness has been set up to help people
with depression and other mental health issues.
Writing on its website Majella writes: "Since I
moved to Donegal in 2002 I have grown to love the
place and the people. The Donegal people are very
honest, genuine and hard working. Donegal is a
remote county that has suffered more than its fair
share from unemployment, depression and suicide. My
aim is to be able to help people throughout the
county to help themselves be more positive and
hopeful and to find ways to deal with everyday life
which can be very tough especially for those who are
isolated or living alone." You can contact the
charity at 086 0298907 or email