Wednesday 17 January 2018

Anne's music night fundraiser nets over €4,500 for hospice


NOW IN it's 12th year, a Skerries woman's annual fundraiser for St Francis Hospice has netted this worthy cause well over €50,000 over the years.

Anne Carroll is a member of Skerries Sailing Club and each year, she uses the club's facilities to host a fun night of musical entertainment mostly provided by members of her family and friends. It's a kind of 'come all ye' with everyone taking a turn on stage to sing a song or dance a jig or reel and it proves a hugely entertaining evening every year as well as a lucrative one for the beloved hospice in Raheny. This year, over €4,500 was raised which is a phenomenal total in these difficult economic times and Anne is hugely grateful to everyone who made that extra effort to help out this year. 'We are very pleased with what we raised. I have to admit I was a bit anxious about running it this year because everyone knows that money is a lot tighter out there. 'But the way we looked at it, even if we raised a thousand, it would be a thousand that the hospice wouldn't otherwise have.' But the response bowled over the charity fundraiser who has seen money come in even from people who could not attend the night itself and cash is still rolling in for the event. As well as the song and dance element of the evening, there was a giant raffle and auction which continues to enjoy fantastic support from local businesses. As ever, popular local band, Risky Business rounded off the evening's entertainment at the club and everyone went home happy after a thoroughly entertaining night that raised a lot of much needed cash for a very worthy charity. Explaining why she chose St Francis Hospice as the charity to benefit from the night, Anne said: 'We are all affected by friends and family with cancer and I think the hospice is close to everyone's heart and offers an excellent service that allows people to live and die with some dignity.' Anne thanked everyone who supported the charity evening and had a special mention for MC on the night Graham Pickett as well as Dave McLoughlin, Brid Whitty, Sean Davis and Barry Butterly who lend a valuable hand in mounting the event each year.

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