On Friday, May 31, the annual Ice Cream Fun Day in aid of Down’s Syndrome Ireland took place in Ennybegs, Killoe.
Hosted by Loretta and Arthur Stewart at their farm, proceeds from the Fun Day go to a charity very close to the hearts of the couple - their late son Jack Stewart would have had Down’s Syndrome.
Now in its fourth year, the fun day, which takes place on the June Bank Holiday weekend, is quickly growing. Speaking to the Longford Leader, Loretta Stewart explains that more and more people are turning up each year, something she delights in, adding “the more the merrier”.
The fun day includes many activities for children of all ages, from bouncy castles to facepainting, and the day is greatly enjoyed by all who attend. Though the event is hosted in their home, there are other contributors, to whom Loretta is very grateful, giving “big thanks to everyone who helped out and took part”. These contributors include Arthur’s parents, Jack and Jean Stewart, and those who provided the bouncy castle, the chairs and tables and the toilets.
“It is an honour for us to do it every year, and we enjoy doing it” Loretta says, adding that €900 had been raised so far from this year’s event.
Will the ice cream fun day return again next year? “It’s going to happen as long as I can keep going with it” Loretta happily replies.