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Wednesday, 18th November 2020

Bennett family’s Halloween fundraiser a spooktacular success

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Niall and Olivia Bennett present Stephanie Hayes of SOSAD with a cheque for €4,600 which they raised with their spooktacaular Halloween display at their home at Painstown House on the Dublin Road. Photo: Andy Spearman.

€4,600 raised for SOSAD

This afternoon Stephanie Hayes, who works for SOSAD, the charity that provides a range of supports for anyone who is affected by suicide or depression, wrote a cheque for the first time in her life.

It’s a generation thing, she’s never had to do such a thing before in this electronic age. Today she was presented with a big cheque for a whopping €4,600 for the charity but first she had to make it out because she has very clear handwriting.

The money was raised by Niall and Olivia Bennet who put on a spooktacaular Halloween display at their home at Painstown House on the Dublin Road and asked for donations for SOSAD which is very special to them.

We ran the story on Drogheda Life and money poured in to their online appeal from across the local area and much further afield. There were donations ranging in value from 50 cent to €250 and from Drogheda to the USA where one man donated €43. (See our previous report) 

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This is the second year that the Bennetts, who are simply crazy about Halloween, have fundraised for SOSAD. Last year they raised €2,900 so their year on year performance has increased by roughly 50%.

Needless to say the good people at SOSAD were delighted with the generous donation as they, like all of Ireland’s charities, are feeling the effects of the Covid-19 restrictions which has put a stop to more conventional fundraising events.

Carmel Hancock, the Coordinator of the Drogheda branch of SOSAD (they also have branches in Navan, Dundalk, Cavan, Carrickmcross and Tullamore) told Drogheda Life that they are finding it very tough to keep the service going in these difficult times.

Currently though they have 240 clients on their books and they rely on the services of a 54 generous counsellors who give of their time voluntarily.

Carmel said that many people are finding the lockdown and the general lack of human contact brought about by Covid-19 very difficult to handle including many teenagers presenting with severe anxiety.

“If it wasn’t for the likes of the Bennetts and our many other supporters we would not be able to keep our doors open to help our clients.”

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