Holly Carpenter: I saw first-hand how much work Keith Duffy put into charity
My heart went out to Keith Duffy earlier in the week when I heard his radio interview on The Anton Savage show on Today FM.
The former Boyzone turned Boyzlife star was talking about his disgust at reports suggesting the CEO of Irish Autism Action allegedly said at a meeting that while Mr Duffy raised €8m for the charity, this cost them €7m.
Speaking about it, Keith said: "I am not going to lie, I am sick to my stomach, I was so upset.
"I gave my family's stories out there to try and help other families like my own, against my family's better wishes at the time."
The former Coronation Street star also outlined the depth of his dedication and commitment towards the charity saying: "I was dedicated; I spent my life with it. I've turned down career opportunities to make sure that I wasn't diluting what I was trying to achieve."
I can't imagine what a slap in the face it must have been after all his hard work to hear such a flippant comment being made.
Although when he stood down at the time, Duffy said it was to spend more time with his family, I think it's good that he has now opened up about what really happened.
It must be so disheartening for honest Irish charities to see another big one like Autism Action receiving negative press. I feel as if more and more Irish people are reluctant to donate to large charities as they feel the trust has been lost.
I saw first-hand how passionate Keith Duffy was about his work with the charity when I worked alongside Rosanna Davison at an event of his.
Rosanna and I waitressed for the night in 37 Dawson Street as part of his event.
The night was so well organised and I could see that it meant a lot to Keith. It's a real shame how things have worked out.