A group of London Irish friends who joined together to raise money for a children’s charity are delighted after they raised more than double their target.
Cathy Shannon and 14 friends, who have got to know each other since moving to the capital from Ireland over the past four years, decided that they wanted to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation.
The charity organises events for children with life-threatening medical conditions so that their ‘dreams can come true’.
A fortnight ago the group of 15 travelled to Peterborough to complete their skydive, having organised an earlier fundraiser night in Wembley’s Parish Bar.
They originally set out to raise £7,000 for the charity, but have so far raised an incredible £15,227.15, with more cash donations to be put through.
The Make a Wish foundation were taken aback with the contribution and emailed their thanks to the group.
“On behalf of everyone at Make-A-Wish UK, including our wish families, a huge thank you to you and your incredible team,” said events fundraiser Rhiannon Hopkin.
“Each wish is so individual, but the average cost of a wish is £3,000. With your incredible support we can support five children to receive their one true wish.
“Whether that is a spa pool like Cayman to help him relax his muscles and gain freedom, or for Dexter to meet Jamie Raven, or for Sofia to visit Lapland with her family.
“Thank you so much for your support!”
Cathy took the time to thank all who helped in their fundraising efforts, including Mick O’Meara from the Parish Bar, the bands that played during the barn dance fundraiser and all those who made donations.
“We cannot thank you all enough for helping us do this, to Mick, Katrina & all the staff in the Parish Bar Wembley for continuously promoting sponsorship and making the Barn Dance such a success and for giving us the famous Love Bus for the trip to Peterborough,” she said. “To all of the amazingly talented people who entertained us on the Day of the Barn Dance, Darren Nash and Dun do Bheal, the famous Monday Club; JP & Ruairi joined by Mick Casey, Twirley Chassey, Pete Hoban & Warren Baskin, thank you all so much for giving us your time.
“And to all of the extremely generous donations we received, from so many people thank you. It goes to show what people are capable of when we all work together.”