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Friday 24 November 2017

St Anthony's Unit handed €24,000 boost

Presentation of a cheque for €20,000 to St Anthony's Unit, County Wexford Community Workshop, Enniscorthy in Kilcannon Garden Centre. Back row: Breda Power, Trevor Jacob, CEO, CWCW; Carmel Consadine, Monique Crean, Maeve Doyle, Walter Kelly and Jacqui Murphy. Front: Lizzie Lambert, Bernie Doyle, Tara Somers, team leader, St Anthony's Unit; Breda Coffey, Nellie Doyle and Joan Murphy
Presentation of a cheque for €20,000 to St Anthony's Unit, County Wexford Community Workshop, Enniscorthy in Kilcannon Garden Centre. Back row: Breda Power, Trevor Jacob, CEO, CWCW; Carmel Consadine, Monique Crean, Maeve Doyle, Walter Kelly and Jacqui Murphy. Front: Lizzie Lambert, Bernie Doyle, Tara Somers, team leader, St Anthony's Unit; Breda Coffey, Nellie Doyle and Joan Murphy

Pádraig Byrne

St Anthony's Unit at the County Wexford Community Workshop (CWCW) in Enniscorthy were the grateful benefactors of two cheques with a combined value of nearly €24,000 recently.

The St Anthony's Unit Ladies Committee were delighted to hand over a cheque for €20,000 which covered around a year and a half's worth of fundraising. Also handed over was a cheque for €3,820 which was raised with a garden walk at the home of Walter Kelly in Tombrick during the summer which saw a fantastic attendance taking in the beautiful surroundings.

'The €20,000 was raised over the last year and a half or so,' said Nellie Doyle of the Ladies Committee. 'We have a number of events like whists and garden walks and we're delighted to be able to hand over the money. They're building a new kitchen up there for the clients at the moment and they're also hoping to buy some computers and that kind of thing, so hopeful this will help.'

The Ladies Committee has been raising funds for St Anthony's Unit, which provides help and support for children with special needs, for nearly 40 years and the 14-strong committee has raised thousands and thousands over the years. They are currently looking to recruit new members, as well as seeking new people to take part in their regular whist drives.

'We're absolutely delighted with the money raised,' said Nellie. 'We'd like to thank everyone involved for their generosity and support, particularly Walter and Nellie Kelly for opening up the garden to the public each year. The unit depends a lot on fundraising as it doesn't get much from the health board, so we're extremely grateful to everyone who contributes.'

Enniscorthy Guardian

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