Lauren Quinn (Keogh) is someone who is known to so many in Wicklow Town and surrounding areas. As Medical Receptionist in the Westmount Clinic she is a very familiar and well loved face in the town. Lauren is one of those women that nothing is too much to ask of. She just does what is needed, silently (unless she needs a raffle prize). Lauren always stays in the background, and takes absolutely no thanks for it. Her motto in life is “just be kind and helpful. So simple”.
Lauren is the daughter of Fidelma Murphy & the late Nick Quinn. Aged 41, she has turned her hand to help so many in the area and also much further afield. Lauren has initiated many community initiatives. She was a founder member of Wicklow Christmas Together, and an invaluable supporting friend to the Late Cllr Pat Kavanagh. She initiated Tesco & Lidl Food Cloud, where she brought food and clothes to The Homeless Run on Grafton Street every Sunday.
Lauren also helped to set up Wicklow Youth Café and Hillviews Wobbler Toddler Group amongst many other community initiatives. The list of community groups that she has helped to fundraise and gather donation for is endess. Groups like Tiglin, Simon and Womens Aid. She is also involved in so many of our local clubs and community events like Wicklow Rugby Club, Wicklow Arts Festival, FYI dance club, the St Patricks Day Parade, Wicklow Welcomes, Hillview Community Centre. If you were to define the term community spirit in one word it would be “Lauren”.
Last year Lauren found herself feeling inexplicably tired. She had alot going on but she just thought her energy was a bit low. She opted to go for blood tests to see what her iron and blood levels were like. On Nov 15th, unexpectedly, Lauren recieved devastating news. After lengthy investigations it was discovered that Lauren had a Cancer called Cholangiocarcinoma. Cancer of the Bile Duct.
Lauren is now undergoing palliative treatment and her friends and family have rallied together to make sure that they can do their absolute best to try give Lauren something back. Lauren has a huge journey ahead of her. Anyone who has been through illness knows, the costs are endless.
On Saturday 25th February we are holding a Charity Dinner Dance in The Parkview Hotel in Newtownmountkennedy. The event will raise much needed funds to help Lauren, her 12 year old daughter Gracie and her Mum Fidelma care for Lauren through her treatment. Since the news has hit the streets of Wicklow Town, people are keen to help. Most know Lauren because of her endless generosity, positive outlook and beautiful manner. Well known local band, Fusion, will be joined by Tony O Reilly on the night! The tickets are flying out.
We still need your help though. Some ways in which you can help:
*We are looking for businesses to sponsor a table at the Charity Dinner Dance. You could team up with another business to sponsor a table.
*Donate a raffle prize or item for the silent auction
*Attend the night and make a bid in our silent auction and/or buy raffle tickets
*Donate to the GoFund me appeal https://gofund.me/c1fa48b8
Tickets for the night are available for €55. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Claire on 086 082 0882, Holly on 085 7058028 or Judy on 085 8127469. A bus is being organised leaving Wicklow Town and returning from Newtownmountkennedy.
Tickets are also available from La Locandina on the Main St, Wicklow Town or from Wings of Wicklow by email on firstname.lastname@example.org