Members and supporters of the Longford Association in Manchester gathered together at the Chorlton Irish Club, Manchester on May 9 for a charity dance.
With MC DJ Joe Casserley providing commentary for the night, as well as entertainment by traditional Irish band Siamsa, the Keegan Academy of Adult Irish Dancers and a raffle with amazing prizes, the night was a huge success.
The biggest sign of that success, however, is the £1,200 that was raised on the night for the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF), the association’s chosen charity of the year, and one very close to the committee’s heart.
Chairperson of the Association and organiser of the event, Margaret McGagh, explains that her son, Ross, has the rare liver condition, sclerosing cholangitis as well as auto-immune liver disease. Diagnosed with liver disease at the age of 12, the diagnosis came just six months after Ross had been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and epilepsy.
At one of Ross’ hospital appointments, Margaret explains that she was met by a lady from CLDF who offered information and literature about the support available.
“I remember leaving the appointment feeling like there was a light somewhere at the end of the tunnel,” Margaret adds.
Speaking to the Leader after the charity dance, Margaret happily reports that Ross is doing well. He has a job and a house, and is getting married later this year.
“Everyone had a great time and I was just so pleased to raise so much for CLDF,” Margaret adds. “It’s a wonderful organisation which offers a lifeline to children and families when they are faced with the devastating prospect of living with liver disease. We are so thankful that we met them when we did.”
“They have been a very big support to us as a family and to Ross, especially as a teenager,” she concludes.