MS branch issues public appeal after fundraising blow

The Multiple Sclerosis Tralee and West Kerry Branch are facing challenging times as they do not receive any Government funding and depend totally on fundraising and the generosity of the public.

This year, because of the Covid pandemic, a number of their crucial fundraising events have been postponed or cancelled, which will have a knock-on effect on the services they provide.

The branch are pleading with anyone who may have any fundraising ideas, or who may be willing to donate, to contact them through their Facebook page.

“All donations, however small, are extremely welcome,” said chairperson of the branch June Carey.

Maria’s Hospice fundraiser taking root

Maria McCarthy of Maria’s Woolshop in Bridge Place has come up with a novel idea to raise funds for the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

Maria, whose partner is Ted Moynihan Junior, son of the late Ted Moynihan and Breda, wanted to do something to raise funds for Hospice and came up with the idea of a Lockdown Tree.

“I’m inviting people to create something nature-related,” said Maria. “I have placed a large tree branch on the window of the shop in Bridge Place and it’s really starting to take shape.

“I have invited people to knit, crochet or create any nature-related item which will then be placed on or under the tree on the window.