Quinn family raise massive £34,000 for KBRT

August 15, 2016

The family and friends of Silverbridge man Niall Quinn have raised an unbelievable £34,000 for the Kevin Bell Repatriation after hosting a very special night in his memory last month.  The fundraiser, which took place in Silverbridge Resource Centre, was billed as a personal tribute to Niall from his family and friends to celebrate his life and thank the local community for their overwhelming support for the Quinn family in the wake of their terrible loss.

The fun filled night of raffles, auctions and music was a spectacular success, which brought the entire community together to remember the “larger-than-life” character, whose death in a houseboat accident in Australia in January has left a huge void in the lives of his heartbroken family and his many friends.

With the KBRT instrumental in bringing Niall back to his native Silverbridge, the Quinn family wanted to give something back to the renowned repatriation trust by donating all proceeds of the night to help the charity continue the amazing work it does for the families of those who have died abroad.

The staggering amount raised is testament to the esteem in which Niall and the Quinn family are held and to the generosity of the local community who have been unfailing in their support for the family in the aftermath of such a tragedy.

Speaking to The Examiner about the success of the fundraiser, Niall’s sister Antoinette said,

“Initially lot of money was raised for the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust through Niall’s friends so we as a family wanted to organise a fundraiser from us to show our appreciation for the Trust and for the local community and everything they have done for us.

Mr Collie Bell and Mrs Eithne Bell, on behalf of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust receive a cheque for £34,059 from the Quinn family and friends. The money was raised courtesy of a fundraiser in Silverbridge GAC in memory of Niall Quinn. Included are members of the Harps committee.

“We are totally blown away by the amount of money the fundraising night raised, we really never expected it to be so much.  Obviously we knew how special Niall was to us as his family but we now know that everyone knew just how special he was. He would be so proud of all the money that has been raised in his name and we can truly say he has done his bit in helping the KBRT to help other families in the future.

“We really want to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the businesses who donated prizes for the fundraising night. The sheer amount of prizes – 60 in total – helped to make the night the success it was.  All of the raffle and box prizes were given without asking and we really can’t thank people enough for putting forward such amazing prizes.

“We also thank everyone who helped out on the night and in organising the fundraiser.  There were so many volunteers who ensured everything went smoothly.  To the entire community who have rallied behind us and to our family and friends, we are so grateful for their support because without it we would not be where we are today in terms of getting through the loss of Niall.

“A huge thanks to absolutely everyone who helped us to remember Niall in such a fantastic way and to raise such an unbelievable amount for the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.”