Saturday 24 March 2018

'Leo walk' another huge success

A little rain, or even a lot of rain was not enough to stop a committed group of ex-Cappagh Hospital patients raising money for the hospital by walking in Oldtown in the 12th annual, Leo Halpin Walk for Cappagh.

The weather was dreadful but spirits were high among the walkers, many of whom have the hospital to thank for being able to walk at all.

The event was a huge success and early indications are that the money raised on the day will exceed the staggering total of €11,000 which the event raised last year.

Following a successful hip replacement operation at Cappagh Hospital in 2004, and in an effort to show his appreciation for his new lease of life, Leo Halpin became a voluntary fundraiser and supporter of the Hospital's Charity Foundation; a role he still champions to this day.

He heads up a team of dedicated volunteers from Oldtown and the surrounding communities who work tirelessly to ensure the day runs smoothly from start to finish.

Their efforts are not without some significant measure of success as the 2016 annual walk saw total funds raised since its inaugural walk in 2006 reach a staggering €100,000!

Orla Gilroy, CEO of Cappagh Hospital Foundation said: 'Leo is one of our most valued and respected volunteer fundraisers. He is the backbone of our fundraising work in County Dublin and his efforts, along with his superb team of supporters, make a real and very valuable contribution to the care and treatment of patients at Cappagh Hospital. We are truly indebted to Leo and his team - they are all champions.'

Fingal Independent