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Charity Coffee Morning Raises €9,415 for The Rotunda’s NICU

On Sunday the 10th of November, a coffee morning was held at Silverbridge GFC Social Club in aid of The Rotunda’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The fundraiser was hosted by Daniel and Michelle McKenna, in memory of their first born baby James McKenna.  

James was prematurely born at twenty four weeks gestation. As a mirco preemie he spent fifteen days of his precious life in a very special place within the maternity hospital. The Rotunda’s NICU provides specialist care for some of the tiniest but mightiest micro preemie, preemie and full term babies, who all simply need a helping hand when they fight to claim their place in this world. 

To say that the local community, family and friends rallied behind Daniel and Michelle to make the recent coffee morning a success would be an understatement. Silverbridge GFC and the hospitality team went above and beyond to accommodate, to advise and to assist with the smooth set up and running of the event on the day. 

A number of local businesses made donations, used their skills and gave their time to help out – DMC Designs, McNamee’s Bakery, Savage’s Bakery, McEntee’s, Caroline Murphy (Crossmaglen), Tony Hearty (Cornonagh), Watters Shop (Annavackey), Mallon’s Fruit & Veg (Killaclessy), Facepainter Dundalk (Dundalk), Balloon Boutique (Dundalk) and Eileen’s Tearooms (Castleblayney). Family and friends also rolled up their sleeves and set about tasks from flyer distribution, to home baking, to pouring teas and coffees, to serving baked goods, to facilitating a cake sale and the raffle. All efforts and contributions didn’t go unnoticed and were very much appreciated.    

The lucky raffle winners on the day were Tom McGeeney from Knockbridge who won the first prize (main hamper). Leanne Muckian from Kilcurry secured the second prize (fruit hamper). Kathleen Garvey from Tullydonnell picked up the third prize (wine & shortbread). Kate Reel from Mullaghbawn claimed the fourth prize (wine & chocolates) and Ruaidhrí O’Neill from Crossmaglen scooped the fifth prize (handmade craft). 

James’s parents were completely overwhelmed by the community’s generosity, as the donations totalled to a staggering €9,415, which was raised from the door collection, facepainting & balloon twisting donations, the Rotunda Foundation octopus keyring & shopping bag purchases, the pop up cake sale and the raffle tickets. 

On the eve of a very special day, James’s due date, Daniel and Michelle presented a cheque to the neonatal team of consultants, doctors and nurses who had the privilege of caring for their son. The medical staff expressed their gratitude to the charitable nature of those who attended and supported the coffee morning fundraiser. The hospital intends on using the funds raised to purchase some NICU ‘wish list’ training aids and equipment, which will aid the quality and care they strive to provide.  

Daniel and Michelle hope that everyone thoroughly enjoyed the coffee morning and know that their donations will make a difference for The Rotunda’s NICU. For baby James’s parents this makes fundraising in his memory even sweeter!