Friday 29 August 2014

Crib chips in with €700

Published 19/03/2014 | 05:36

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Eileen O'Connor (centre right) pictured with her husband, Thomas (left) and local volunteer, Con Reidy as they made the presentation of the proceeds of their Christmas Crib Collection to Mary Lynch, fundraising co-ordinator of the Kerry Cancer Support Group at Headley's Bridge. (Photo by John Reidy)

THERE was a single donation of a €100 cheque, a bag of copper coins to the tune of €33 and a donation from the local school in the make-up of the €700 total which was handed over to the the Kerry - Cork Health Link Bus at Headley's Bridge, Knocknagoshel recently.

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Eileen and Thomas O'Connor erected a Christmas Crib outside their house at 'The Bridge' over the festive season. The encouraging total from the collection box attached to the crib will ensure that it will now become an annual feature of the Christmas season there.

Tradition has to start somewhere, sometime. Eileen considers herself a very lucky survivor of breast cancer in the recent past.

"I was lucky in that I had family members in a position and willing to take me up and down for treatment to Cork when it was due. While up there I came into contact with many other people from Kerry who were making the trip by the Kerry - Cork Health Link Bus. They were full of praise for the service as many of them had no other way of getting up and down. I realised then what a wonderful service it is and I felt that I should do anything I could to support it," said Eileen.

"We started the crib idea at Christmas 2012 and got something over €100. We spread the word around through shops and the Post Office this year and we got donations big and small from all over the parish and beyond," she said.

The O'Connor's made the presentation to Mary Lynch who accepted on behalf of the Kerry Cancer Support Group.

Figures available for the period from January to the end of December 2012 show that the service provided transport to Cork University Hospital for cancer patients to attend 3,600 appointments for radiotherapy.

The bus service, which provides transport for up to 95% of Kerry patients who need to attend CUH for radiotherapy treatment, ran right up to and including Christmas Eve and resumed after St. Stephen's Day.

If you wish to hold a fundraising event for the Kerry Cancer Support group/Kerry Cork Health Link Bus or contact them - in complete confidence - about a more personal matter their phone number is: 066 71 95560


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