Wednesday 22 October 2014

Grieving couple give helping hand to others

Published 15/05/2013 | 05:36

Anne-Mmarie and Colm Horgan, Ballyheigue, present a cheque for €2,610 to Jacinta Murphy and Marie Cregan of Feileacain, the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association.

A BALLYHEIGUE couple who suffered the unimaginable heartache of losing their daughter just two weeks before she was due to be born have thanked the people of north Kerry for contributing so generously to the charity that helped them cope with their tragic loss.

At the end of March, Ann-Marie and Colm Horgan held a fundraising coffee morning in aid of Cork-based charity Féileachain, which supplies 'memory boxes' to help parents collect some mementos and keepsakes of a lost child. Thanks to the generosity of the people of north Kerry over €2,600 was raised, which will now be used by the charity to purchase teddy bears, disposable cameras, hand crafted blankets and ink sets, all of which are contained within the boxes.

"We were absolutely delighted with the response and want to thank everyone who came along to Ballyheigue Resource Centre on the day and contributed to the charity," Colm said. As well as our own friends, family and locals in Ballyheigue, there were also other families there who had gone through the same thing and we spent some time chatting with them. It was a nice touch."


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