Tuesday 25 September 2018

Huge response from community as Mitchell Sisters fund exceeds €105k

A coffee morning to raise funds for the Mitchell Sisters Independent Living Project raised over €8,000. Hosted by Seamus and Gay Devaney, the event brought the local community together to fundraise for the cause.

Mairead and Aoibheann Mitchell were diagnosed with Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP) while in their late teens.

A huge fundraising campaign is underway, which aims to provide the sisters with the necessary funding to allow them to live independently in suitable apartments.

At the time of writing, over €105,000 of the €165,000 goal had been raised.

Speaking about the coffee morning, Gay said: "It was such a great, great day. The weather was good and there was a huge 'feel-good' factor in the air. Mairead and Aoibheann attended for the greater part of the day. "People were delighted to meet up with them and acknowledge the courage and bravery the two girls are displaying in seeking to establish an independent life for themselves. It is wonderful they will be able to live in the area they grew up in."

Gay said that the huge support received ,not only on the coffee morning but for the campaign in general, is a good reflection on the community. "It was truly marvellous. I had an excellent 'back-room team'. They worked endlessly and were unrelenting in ensuring everyone was well catered for.

"It is a wonderful reflection on our community, not only in terms of attendance and support but especially the generosity of contributions." Gay's husband Seamus said the solidarity shown by the community is 'heart-warming'.

"It was truly a special day for us. We are delighted to help a neighbouring family and in doing so we had a unique opportunity to spend time with neighbours and friends and acquaint with new ones. It has been our pleasure.

"Occasions like this are genuinely heart-warming. We recognise the giftedness of one another and we are reaffirmed in our solidarity as a community."

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