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Putting the "Fun" in Fundraising

The Bluebird Care team have been busy putting the 'fun' in fundraising, with a hive of novel fund and awareness raising activities taking place throughout the network to raise vital monies for great causes.

Well done to Gary Corless, (husband of Bluebird Care Galway Care Manager Carolyn Corless) who took to the skies at Birr Airfield completing a courageous parachute jump in aid of the children's charity Hand in Hand.

A cause truly worth falling for Hand in Hand is a not-for-profit organisation who provide practical support for families in the West of Ireland whose lives have been affected by childhood cancer. Pictured above ahead of their parachuting challenge is Jennifer Carpenter (Hand in Hand) with Gary Corless. For more information on Hand in Hand go to http://www.handinhand.ie/

Meanwhile in Meath, Sonny Knowles dazzled the audience at a recent Age Action tea party in the Ardboyne Hotel, Navan. To mark the 20th birthday of Age Action, the older persons charity have teamed up with Bluebird Care to  host a national tea party series throughout the country, inviting people from Positive Ageing Week towns, active retirement groups around the area, and local nursing home residence to meet old neighbours, make new friends while enjoying afternoon of tea and entertainment. All funds raised from each tea party goes towards Age Action's Care and Repair Programme, where the charity calls to people's houses and carries out small repairs and maintenance for them free of charge.

Pictured in the Meath Chronicle above in the Ardboyne Hotel, Navan from (l-r) is Bluebird Care Manager Margaret Cartwright, Edwina Landy, Carer of the Year for Bluebird Care Meath, with Sonny Knowles, Jackie McGovern, Bluebird Carer, and Bluebird Care Meath Directors, J.J Fay and Gavin Kane.

Further north in Donegal, the team at Bluebird Care Donegal and Leitrim took to the roads in Churchill on Saturday morning with the launch of their inaugural Bluebird Care 5k, raising an impressive €1,700 in aid of The Órán Nibbs Foundation. Family, friends and neighbours of young Órán Nibbs, from Trentagh, were delighted with the great show of support as people from all parts of Donegal joined in to do the distance to make a difference. 100% of the funds raised from the Bluebird Care 5k will go towards helping Órán, who suffers from a rare and progressive condition called Mitochondrial Disease, to receive vital medical treatment in America.

Pictured at the finishing line of the Bluebird Care 5k in aid of The Órán Nibbs Foundation, are the winners of the males category. In first place Gerard McGrenaghan from Letterkenny Athletic Club (in the middle); in second place Marcus McClintock, from Letterkenny Athletic Club (right) and in third place Pádraig Breslin (left).


Pictured at the finishing line of the Bluebird Care 5k in aid of The Órán Nibbs Foundation, are the winners of the females category, in first place Irene McFadden, from Letterkenny Athletic Club (in the middle); in second place Monica McGrenaghan, from Letterkenny Athletic Club (left) and in third place Frances Judge, from Letterkenny Athletic Club (right).