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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Bushmills business man leaves Causeway ICU to corridor of applause
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Popular Bushmills business man, Geoffrey McKillop, has left the Causeway ICU ward to a round of applause from medical staff after recovering from serious illness.

In a video shared by his family on social media, Geoffrey can be seen being wheeled out of the ICU while staff flanked either side of the corridor, as he was moved to a general ward.

Video: Anne McClelland
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Mr McKillop is the owner of ‘The Hip Chip’ in the village, and was one of the many businesses that were forced to close due to the COVID-19 virus. Despite facing difficult and uncertain times himself as a business owner, Geoffrey as well as making donations to a local COVID-19 support group, also offered up the use of his premises in the village, as a hub to prepare food parcels for local vrunrable people.

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Geoffrey has been described as a steward of the village, and has supported many organisations & projects in the village he calls home over the years, with his Business ‘The Hip Chip’ a popular eating establishment.

After an initial suggestion on social media, the village is due to come together tonight to celebrate Geoffreys recovery, as residents throughout Bushmills have been encourages to come to their front doors and clap at 8pm.

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A spokesperson for Bushmills Community Support group, who has received much support from Mr McKillop throughout the COVID-19 crisis, said:

“Can everyone come out at 8pm tomorrow night (Wednesday) and clap so he knows how well thought of he is? And we need people to film it on their phones for each estate, area and court and post to the group please.

“We appreciate all you do for this community Geoffrey and wish you a speedy recovery.”

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