Wednesday 21 March 2018

Keith returns favour after daughter's fall

Keith Duffy and Shane Lynch with pupils from Belvedere College
Keith Duffy and Shane Lynch with pupils from Belvedere College
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

KEITH Duffy had already pencilled in the date to help out with a charity drive for Temple Street Children's Hospital when something happened that he could never have foreseen.

His daughter, Mia (13) broke her arm in a nasty fall on a trampoline and had to spend two days recovering post-surgery at that very same hospital.

Mia, who has autism, received great care and in a Twitter post directed at the Temple Street medics, Duffy wrote: "Thanks you guys, you all rock. My angel was so well looked after."

He told the Irish Independent that his daughter was released from hospital on Tuesday night and is now doing well.

It was the Boyzone star's turn to help out Temple Street yesterday – and he even brought bandmate Shane Lynch along.

They happily posed for photographs to launch the Belvedere College's 'Blockpull' across the country to raise vital funds for Temple Street, St Francis Hospice and the Irish Guide Dogs.

Some 60 transition- and fifth-year students from Belvedere will pull a block from Dublin to Galway, via Naas, collecting money along the way.

It will take the boys a week to get to Galway and by night they will be sleeping on the floors of community centres and GAA clubs across the country.

"It'll be a challenge – it's a 250km walk but it will be really good – it's a bit of craic with the lads," said transition-year student Thomas Arnold (16).

This is the 26th year of the Belvedere blockpull – which has raised a total of over €1.5m.

Irish Independent

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