Christine Murley of Wicklow Gaol presents cheques for €642 to Evanne Cahill Chair of Fundraising, Wicklow Hospice Foundation and Jane Laffan, a Pieta House therapist.
Wicklow’s Historic Gaol in conjunction with Tina Barcoe of Paranormal Researchers Ireland hosted a special paranormal event to raise funds for the two charities earlier this year.
Wicklow Hospice Foundation was founded in 2009 to build a much-needed Hospice for the people of County Wicklow. They have received planning permission to build the 15-bed facility at Magheramore and have received commitment from the HSE to fund the running costs of the facility. The charity is now in the final phase of raising the capital funds before they go to tender.
Evanne Cahill, Chair of Fundraising says every cent counts: “We have €3.3 million in the bank and need to raise €1million more to go to tender. We are so grateful to Wicklow Gaol and the many individuals and organisations across the County for their tremendous support. Our main fundraising comes from small events and donations – but it all really does add up. We are now so close to the finish line!” www.wicklowhospice.ie
Pieta House is a non-profit suicide and self-harm crisis centre, founded in Lucan over a decade ago. Fundraiser for Pieta House Brian McEvoy says “85% of the charity’s income comes from fundraising, and it is events like these that keep our doors open. We really appreciate every one of them, especially the awareness that they raise. We want people to know that there is a place to turn to in times of need.” www.pieta.ie
Emeir O’Connell, manager of Wicklow Enterprise Park says the Gaol is delighted to support the excellent work of these important charities, who work tirelessly to make a significant difference to the local community.