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Walk in My Shoes fundraiser exceeds expectations

Jackie Maguire, Patrick Fitzmarice, Chloe Maguire with Brendan Maher and Tony Maguire. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie

Jackie Maguire, Patrick Fitzmarice, Chloe Maguire with Brendan Maher and Tony Maguire. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie

The recent charity bed-push from Ballymahon to Kenagh in aid of Walk in My Shoes was a great success, according to its organiser, Chloe Maguire.

“It went really well, there was a great turn-out,” she told the Longford Leader. “It was for Walk in My Shoes, which is the charity section of St Patrick’s Mental Foundation, and we had around 60 people taking part.”

Chloe said the charity is very close to her heart, having benefited from it herself.

“If it wasnt for St Patrick’s Hospital Foundation and the Dean Clinic, I firmly believe I would still be suffering through life each day,” she admitted.

The day started at 2.30pm on Sunday, August 3, when a bus collected the participants from Kenagh and brought them to Ballymahon, from where the bed-push began.

After completing the trek, crowds gathered at O’Boyle’s Pub for a Family Fun Day and barbeque, which also featured a barn dance and disco later in the evening.

“Seamus Farrell played in the bar, and then Trisha Lane played at the barn dance out back,” explained Chloe, who also said that the DJ at the disco afterwards was David Keenan.

Speaking about the total raised by the charity event, Chloe said she is still waiting for some money to come in, but that it has already surpassed her expectations.

“So far we’ve raised around €4,500,” she said happily. “It’s been well worth it. We want to make the fundraiser an annual event for the same cause, but we might try to do something a bit different next year.”

Chloe was eager to acknowledege all the help she received in organising the event.

“Thanks to all who helped us with the bed-push and to everyone who donated spot prizes for the raffle in O’Boyle’s on the night,” she said.

Once the final total has been calculated, Chloe hinted that another event could be taking place at O’Boyle’s in the near future.

“At the beginning of September we’re hoping to have a special presentation at the pub, where we’ll hand over a cheque to Walk in My Shoes,” she revealed.

 

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