€256,470.24 raised for cancer by East Coast FM Coffee mornings

Luan Parle and Mary O'Brien at the East Coast FM Coffe Morning in the Riverside Cafe, Arklow

Thousands of people from all over Wicklow came out on Friday 17th April to support East Coast FM’s 7th annual Wicklow Wide Coffee Morning in aid of the five of the cancer support services and centre’s in County Wicklow and The Wicklow Hospice Foundation.

Coffee mornings took place in eleven different venues throughout the Garden County while separate coffee mornings and other smaller coffee mornings and events were held in other parts of Wicklow.

In the 11 venues International Best-selling author Cathy Kelly was joined by former rugby international Shane Byrne, Musician Phil Coulter and TV Personality Amanda Brunker to show their support by making appearances around the county on the day. Musicians, Chris De Burgh, Eleanor McEvoy, Mary Byrne, Luan Parle, Kim Hayden, Connor McKeon, Mary Fogarty, Eoin Glackin, Melanie McCabe and Eurosong Winner Molly Sterling provided fantastic live performances at different venues of the event. As did; Comedian Dave Young, Magician and Mentalist Colm Dawson, Kids Magician Joe Daly and Ventriloquist, Comedian and Magician Jack Wise.

Extra events were also held across the County on Saturday and Sunday including multiple bag packs and a Monster Table Quiz. This year; more Listeners, local businesses, schools and organsiations then ever before got involved to host different events to raise money for the coffee morning fund, which meant we had more than 50 events taking place over the weekend. Organiser and Founder of the event Claire Darmody said “We are very grateful to all the people who took part by coming out on Friday or attended and supported any of the events and also to those who hosted their own, people’s generosity and innovation is incredibly touching and it is heartwarming to be part of such a great community event”

“The East Coast fm Coffee Morning raises awareness as well as money and every penny raised on the day will go directly into these vital cancer support services and the figure raised is already over €48,000 with figures from some events to still come in. To date the event has now raised €256,470.24. This is a fantastic achievement for the People of County Wicklow, as uniquely there are no costs incurred by the event; all the transport, talent, time, prizes, venues, tea, coffee and refreshments are donated for free, so all the money has been passed on to the charities” You can still donate on line at www.eastcoast.fm/coffee

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