Thursday 23 November 2017

Kenny pours his heart into charity drive

Colin Gleeson

RTE presenter Pat Kenny has spoken about his mother's 14-year struggle with Alzheimer's disease.

Mr Kenny yesterday praised the work of the Alzheimer's Society of Ireland, as he lent his support to a cause that is close to his heart. The broadcaster has been an ambassador for the support group since the death of his mother in October 2008.

At the launch of the 16th annual Tea Day -- where the public is urged to host tea parties to raise money -- the 'Frontline' presenter told the Irish Independent how his mother was affected by the disease.

"She lived with Alzheimer's for 14 years," he said. "My mother stayed at home for much of that time. What had been keeping her going was being in her own home."

Mr Kenny spoke passionately about the Alzheimer's Society and its importance. "The truth is that every family in the country will be touched by this as people live longer."

This year's Tea Day takes place on Thursday, and the society is hoping to raise €550,000. "It's a tall order in the current climate," Mr Kenny admitted. "But we have to do it since the state funding has diminished so much with the recession."

Irish Independent

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