Wednesday 17 January 2018

Summertime Musical will benefit 'Nurture'

Aisling Coleman
Aisling Coleman

This month, musical mania will grip Skerries when Magic Carpet Productions present 'Summertime Musicals' in Skerries Harps GAA club.

Toe-tapping and hand-clapping hits from such famous shows as 'Chicago', 'Guys & Dolls', 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'Fiddler on the Roof' and 'Miss Saigon', to name but some, are sure to have audiences in high spirits as befits a summer spectacular like Summertime Musicals.

Director, Anne Stack has assembled a stellar cast led by the musical expertise of Noreen Gavin.

There is however a very serious and worthwhile purpose to this event and all proceeds will be donated to Nurture Counselling Services.

CEO of Nurture, Irene Lowry explained: 'Losing a baby is one of the most harrowing and tragic events in any persons life. Among many others, Nurture supports a wonderful couple who lost a gorgeous little baby boy in late 2016. We now invite everyone to join us for a very special evening of Summertime Musicals to celebrate the short life of their beautiful son.'

Producer Susan Keogh said: 'This is a very special cause and one that is close to our hearts. We are delighted and privileged to be associated with Nurture and we are sure that the people of Skerries will support such a worthy cause and in doing so will help to save lives.'

Nurture, the maternal mental health charity was born in Rush, grew up in Skerries and has recently moved to a new base in the ICA grounds in Termonfeckin. The charity, which provides support around the area of depression in pregnancy, fertility issues, post-natal depression and grief, was started by seven years ago by Irene Lowry, a qualified counsellor, at her home in Rush.

It has now established its nationwide base at the ICA lands in Termonfeckin and Nurture is now the ICA's chosen mental health charity in Ireland offering immediate supports to all their members. So far this year, Nuture counsellors have seen 1,000 women and 250 men.

While the charity originally focused on post natal depression, Irene said the demand for services grew with women coping with the loss of babies or following miscarriages seeking counselling sessions while others struggle to deal with the emotional rollercoaster of fertility treatment and IVF.

Summertime Musicals will take place in Skerries Harps GAA club on Friday, August 18 at 8pm. (Doors open 7.30pm). Tickets are €10 and are available from Skerries Bookshop. For further information telephone 087 7510464.

Fingal Independent

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