Four charities chosen for Creggs Charity Walk

The hardy walkers of the region will be out in force in Creggs on St Stephen’s Day – Tuesday, December 26th – for the annual trek ‘up, down, and around the Mountain’ in aid of local charities.

Funds from last year’s walk were disbursed to four good causes, with €1,000 going to Galway Hospice, Mayo Roscommon Hospice, ACT for Meningitis, and the Sunshine Room in Creggs NS.

Michael O’Roarke, Chairperson of the walk, urged local people to get involved in this year’s event: “Get your sponsorship card and get collecting for these four worthy groups. This year, the funds collected will be divided equally between the local charities”.

Four charities have been chosen for this year’s walk, and they are the two local hospice groups (Mayo Roscommon and Galway), Pieta, and the Sunshine Room in Creggs NS.

Mayo Roscommon Hospice is an organisation that provides palliative care services to people with life-limiting illness and their families in counties Roscommon and Mayo, as well as day care and community care. Since its foundation, they have helped over 18,000 patients and their families. The organisation also recently opened an eight-bed in-patient facility adjacent to Roscommon Hospital to provide respite and end-of-life services.

The new facility cost €6.3 million and was the culmination of many years of fundraising by the hospice group. Funds raised for Mayo Roscommon Hospice through the Creggs Charity Walk will be used for palliative home care teams, night nursing services, specialist equipment for patients, bereavement support and counselling for families.

The second charity, Galway Hospice Foundation, is a voluntary organisation that has benefited many families throughout County Galway, providing services to over 600 patients in their own homes and in other non-hospital settings. Galway Hospice in Renmore offers a multidisciplinary medical team as well as complementary therapists and pastoral care. It also offers a community palliative care service and palliative day care services, all of which aim to improve the quality of life for people suffering from life-limiting illnesses. As well as supporting cancer patients, Galway Hospice also supports people with conditions such as dementia, heart failure and motor neurone disease.

Pieta, the third charity chosen for this year’s walk, is an organisation that supports those bereaved by suicide and those struggling with suicidal ideation/self-harm. They deliver intervention and bereavement counselling, and have a freephone helpline to support families devastated by the loss of a loved one by suicide. All Pieta services are free of charge and the staff are fully qualified, providing a professional one-to-one therapeutic service for people who are experiencing suicidal ideation, people who have attempted suicide, and people who are engaging in self-harm. A doctor’s referral or a psychiatric report is not required.

The final cause is the Sunshine Room in Creggs NS, a classroom for children with severe or profound learning disabilities. The children are integrated with their mainstream peers so that the bonds of friendship, respect, understanding and care are fostered naturally during the school day, through music, art, play, drama, cookery, seed sowing, PE, social outings and other school events. Children can access individual physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language programmes through various therapists in the classroom.

This will be the second time the Creggs Charity Walk is taking place following a break due to Covid. Last year’s walk was a welcome return to normal, and the €4,000 raised will no doubt go some way to providing much-needed services through the four local groups.

This year, organisers are hoping that once again the people of the region will opt to walk off the turkey and Christmas excess with the 9-mile walk – of course not forgetting the traditional stop-off at Mary Devaney’s house in Friaryland for a cup of tea, some refreshments, and maybe even a song!

So, it’s time to get your sponsorship cards out and get into training for this worthy annual event!

For further information contact Michael O’Roarke at O’Roarke’s Spar, Creggs.