Neighbouring clubmen unite to boost GP Scanner appeal fund

January 19, 2015

Silverbridge GFC has welcomed the support of Crossmaglen Rangers chairman, Joe Kernan, to help promote its upcoming Variety Show concert, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Scanner Appeal fund at Dr. Patrick Fee’s GP practice in Crossmaglen.

In October last year, staff and patients embarked on an ambitious fundraising drive with the aim of raising £30,000 to purchase an Ultrasound Scanner for the practice.  Already more than half of that total has been raised through a number of events and activities that have taken place in the last few months.

Now a joint community effort will help bring the fundraising campaign closer to the target amount with a special one-off performance of the acclaimed Variety Show on Saturday 31st January.

Such was the success of the show’s double bill last month, that organisers have decided to stage one more performance, with all the proceeds going to Dr. Fee’s Scanner fund.  It is hoped this event will provide a significant boost to the kitty and, to that end, everyone associated with Dr. Fee’s practice, together with the communities of Silverbridge, Crossmaglen and the wider area, are being encouraged to show their support.

Tickets for the show are priced at just £5.00 and patrons will be treated to the best of local talent with acts including kid’s favourites Frozen and Matilda, the ever-popular Grease, champion dancers, musicians and even wannabe comedians – all guaranteed to entertain.

Dr. Patrick Fee and his colleague, Dr. Neal Walker, will be in the audience on the night and indeed it has been suggested that medical intervention may be called for during one of the acts.  The reaction to a call of “Is there a doctor in the house?” could be interesting!

On a more serious note, ultrasound is one of the most utilized forms of diagnostic imaging available and for patients in Crossmaglen to have this service offered on their doorstep will be a tremendous advantage and a huge achievement for those who help make it happen.

Already at the forefront of in-house treatment and therapy, the addition of the ultrasound scanner to Dr. Fee’s practice will have far-reaching benefits for patients, which number more than 3,000.

Aside from the obvious assistance in the antenatal care of expectant mothers, the scanner can be used to help identify a host of conditions such as ligament or soft-tissue injuries, gall or kidney stones or determine the risk of heart attack.

Extending sincere appreciation to everyone who has assisted with and contributed to the fundraising campaign, Dr Fee and Dr Walker say they are overwhelmed with the support received from communities and individuals throughout the area.

“With great humility and pride, we are delighted to announce that we are three-quarters way to achieving our targeted £30,000 for the purchase of an up-to-date ultrasound scanner for our Crossmaglen-based practice.

“It’s down to the hard work and generosity of our patients, who have proven that their support for the Rathkeeland House surgery is outstanding. The remaining planned events should bring us closer to the target and hopefully we will have our new scanner in place in early Spring,” they said.

Keen to lend his support, Joe Kernan has joined with Silverbridge Harps chairman, John Murphy, to help promote the event.  Together they have pledged their full efforts to bolster this worthy fundraising initiative and help bring it to fruition.

Tickets for the show are on sale locally in Centra, Crossmaglen, Joe Kernan Estate Agent, Murphy’s Chemist and McConville’s Chemist, Crossmaglen; Coole Fuels, Tullydonnell; Murphy’s shop and Happy Faces creche, Glassdrummond; Vivo shop and Millinery by Mairead, Silverbridge; Hearty’s shop, Creggan and from Dr. Fee’s surgery in Rathkeeland House, Crossmaglen.

The Variety Show will get underway at 7.00pm on Saturday 31st January in the Resource Centre.

Immediately following the show, the night’s entertainment will continue in the clubrooms with live music by Gary Keenan.