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Bubble trouble in park is all for a good cause

Published 28/03/2011 | 05:00

RTE presenter Pat Kenny had tea with two toddlers yesterday.

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He was joined by sisters Rachel (2) and Molly (4) Ward, from Co Monaghan, in Merrion Square, Dublin, to launch the Alzheimer Society's annual tea day.

The society is hoping to raise €450,000 in funding on May 5 with numerous tea parties around the country.

Mr Kenny is a long-time supporter of the charity -- his mother Connie lived with Alzheimer's for 14 years before she passed away three years ago.

"The support my mother received was excellent," he told the Irish Independent. "She certainly got to spend more time at home because of back-up from the society."

The charity's 115 services provided nearly 850,000 hours of support last year to people affected by the disease and dementia.

Dementia affects over 44,000 people in Ireland and with the ageing popula-tion numbers are expected to treble within 30 years.

While the charity does receive some funding from the HSE, it also needs to raise €4m a year through fundraising initiatives.

Irish Independent

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