€16,500 in memory of Chris

HOSPICE FUNDRAISER A MASSIVE SUCCESS

Published 01/01/2013 | 10:45

OVER €16,500 has been raised for Wexford Hospice Homecare by the family and friends of the late Chris Banville, who say they have been overwhelmed by the support shown to their fundraising endeavours.

A charity slave auction in Hart's of Campile, at which the services of many of Wexford's footballers were up for grabs, and a raffle brought in a staggering sum. 'We are delighted,' said Sharon Banville, daughter of the late Chris, pictured right, who sadly passed away in October after a brave battle with cancer.

Among the footballers who were auctioned were Ben Brosnan, who was snapped up to attend a children's birthday party, and PJ Banville, who was auctioned off to carry out two hours' housework. And Lee Chin raised €435 – by wearing a mankini! THE WEXFORD footballers were among those whose services were auctioned off in Hart's of Campile to raise money for Wexford Hospice Homecare.

Over €16,500 has been raised for Hospice Homecare through the fantastic fundraising endeavours of the family of the late Chris Banville.

A huge crowd, all donning their festive favourite Christmas jumpers, packed into Hart's to support the charity slave auction, hosted by the one and only Liam Spratt.

Among those up for auction was Ben Brosnan who was snapped up to attend a children's birthday party, PJ Banville was auctioned off to carry out two hours housework and Adrian Flynn's window cleaning services also went under the hammer.

Lee Chin raised some €435 for wearing a mankini, while fellow county player Ciaran Lyng's cocktail waiting services were also drawn on for the evening to bring in extra funds.

Local man John Keating was auctioned off to carry out two hours DIY, Katie O'Hanlon was auctioned off for a car wash, while well-known Dr. Kevin Byrne from Duncannon was auctioned to carry out a medical check up. A number of items, among them a signed Kevin Doyle jersey and photographs were also auctioned off on the night which helped bring in further funds.

All money raised will be donated to Wexford Hospice Homecare. The four Wexford Hospice Homecare nurses look after 180 patients in Co. Wexford and their services are vital.

These fundraising endeavours realised the wishes of the late Chris Banville, who sadly passed away in October following a courageous battle with Cancer.

The Banville Family say the fundraiser well-exceeded their expectations.

'We are delighted,' said Sharon Banville, who thanked everyone who supported their fundraising efforts.

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