The final total raised by Brendan Hoey’s 50th birthday bash in aid of the Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice was €4,000.
As we reported last week, well over €2,000 was raised on the night of Brendan’s party alone. The party was held in Hamills on Bridge Street in Ardee on Friday, August 4th.
By the following Monday, that total had raised to €3,200 and in the 10 days since, that number ballooned further before the final lodgement was made to the charity on Monday this week.
Donations since the party have included a €200 donation from local soccer club Square United. That sum was presented to Brendan by club chairman Sean Malone on Sunday afternoon.
In a unique twist on the more conventional birthday party, Brendan forgoed gifts and cards on his milestone birthday at the beginning of the month, instead asking guests to kindly donate to the charity, and they did so in their droves.
The Laura Lynn charity was chosen in support of the help they gave young Jamie Halpenny, the local eight-year-old who lives with a rare condition known as spinal muscular atrophy.
“He used to be up and down to Laura Lynn. He’s too ill to go down now so a nurse comes up to him,” Brendan explained to ThisIsArdee.ie after the party. Jamie’s condition is so rare, there were less than 30 children in Ireland with the condition upon his diagnosis at 14 months.
“It was my 50th birthday and I’m not into getting cards or presents,” Brendan continued, explaining the idea behind the fundraiser. “We’ve been trying to think here for the last number of years could we do some sort of fundraiser for Laura Lynn. We thought a while ago to do it for my 50th birthday. I told people that there was to be no presents or cards for me.
“We contacted Laura Lynn and they give us posters, banners and collection buckets and the whole lot.”
Mark ‘Bogger’ Conlon of Hamills was also among those who to the cause, contributing a cheque for €500. “We thought if we got €1,000 or €1,500 we’d be doing rightly. I couldn’t believe it, Brendan told us.
The charity will be sending on a letter of acknowledgement soon to thank Brendan for his efforts.