Generous Paddy turns 40th birthday celebration into cancer fundraiser

Published 15/01/2013 | 10:02

Paddy Fortune (centre) at his 40th birthday party in Ryan's Lounge in Galbally with his parents Nick and Bridget, brother Jack and sisters Helen Fortune and Joanne Dagg.

A BIRTHDAY party doubled up as a great opportunity to raise some money for a good cause recently as Paddy Fortune celebrated his 40th birthday party in style at Ryans of Galbally.

A massive crowd of friends, family and wellwishers piled into Ryans to wish Paddy all the best having reached the 40 year milestone, and they all gave generously to cancer research. Paddy's brother, Jack Fortune had recently been going through chemotherapy after he had been diagnosed with cancer, and the treatment he received inspired Paddy to raise money at his birthday celebrations.

'My brother Jack was going through chemotherapy for cancer there a while ago so it's a charity that's close to home. Jack's consultant in Dublin was over some cancer research group so we decided to try and raise a few euro for them and I think some of the money will be going to the Hope Centre too. Thankfully Jack is flying it now and he's more or less been given the all clear and is getting more of his strength back every day.'

Paddy is well known to people in Wexford through his work in Slaney View Motors, and there was no shortage of friends and family around him at the party, all of whom dug deep. ' The party couldn't have gone any better,' he said. ' The place was absolutely packed with people and we managed to raise a nice bit of money for the cause, collecting around €3,500 in the end.

'People were very good to us. Places like Leisuremax and Treacys helped out by providing great prizes, so I'd like to thank them and everyone else who helped to make the night possible and everyone who contributed to the cause.'

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