The new St. Brigid’s Hospice shop on Leixlip’s Celbridge road was formally opened on 12 November and the Hospice was delighted to receive a cheque for €35,000, the proceeds of sales for the two Leixlip shops - the other located in Main Street.
On behalf of the shop volunteers, including shop manager, Brigid Waldron, Della Griffin said they were really successful.
Among attendance were the Hospice ambassador, GAA footballer and soldier, Dermot Earley, Friends treasurer, John Courtney, Dr. Ena Hanlon, Pearl Hynes, a Leixlip representative for the Friends, Cllr. Colm Purcell and Town Council chairperson, Teresa Byrne.
The cheque presented brings to €50,000 the amount collected by the shops this year.
John Courtney told the Leader that they now have the €3.1m needed to expand the Hospice at the Curragh and provide other services.
There are four shops in the county, including one in Naas and Mrs. Brilly’s shop in Kilcock, which has contributed €45,000 this year.
Mr. Courtney said they should be close to finishing the Hospice refurbishments by this time next year, when it will hopefully have thirteen beds.
Dr. Hanlon thanked everyone and Cllr. Byrne, a cancer survivor, thanked everyone in Leixlip for their support.