Festive winnings help local charities
The proceeds from the Most Christmassy Home Competition which was won by Arklow couple Anthony and Arlette Doyle, was presented to two deserving local charities in recent days.
Their house at Fernhill, was chosen through a public vote as the most 'Christmassy' home in the country and a prize of €3,000 was offered by company Energia who hosted the contest, to be donated to the charity of the winner's choice.
Arklow RNLI and Arklow Community First Responders each received a cheque for €1500 from Energia representative Yvona Ostruszkova and Anthony Doyle.
Arklow First Responders will use the donation to purchase equipment such as defibrillators and to provide CPR training and Arklow RNLI will use the donation to buy equipment that will aid lifeguards in saving lives at sea and serving the local community.
'I am delighted to have been able to make a meaningful contribution to these essential local services in the Arklow area. I enjoyed taking part in Ireland's Most Christmassy Home and look forward to competing in the future,' Anthony said.
Denise Guilfoyle of Arklow First Responders thanked Anthony and Arlette and said 'the very generous donation we received from Anthony and Energia will help Arklow Community First Responders immensely. The funding will be used to help place more vital access defibrillators around our community and also help with the maintenance of the seven we currently have placed in our locality. The funding will also enable us to provide training for the community and schools in the local area which will give people the knowledge and confidence to know what to do in a cardiac emergency.'
'Huge thanks to Aidy & Arlette for their fantastic Christmas lights display and too Energia for their huge support, these funds will assist with funding Arklow RNLI's 24/7/365 Volunteer Search & Rescue Service, reminding everybody to Respect The Water,' said Mark Corcoran of Arklow RNLI.