Marie Champ, Phil O'Brien,Colette Dunne, Adebisi Adeogun,Jim Brady,Sabina Higgins, Peter Origan,and Laura Raleigh. Picture: Martin Connelly
The President’s wife, Sabina Higgins was in Newbridge last weekend to support Kildare’s HOPE(D) December mental health awareness campaign for December.
The charity was delighted to have Mrs Higgins and RTE’s Brenda Donohue on board.
The Kilkenny Shop at the Whitewater Shopping Centre in Newbridge selected local charity HOPE(D) as there preferred charity for the month of December.
Mrs Higgins arrived at 11am last Saturday to the front entrance of Whitewater to applause by members of the public, who gathered to witness her arrival.
Jim Brady, Chairperson of HOPE(D) and Laura Raleigh from Kilkenny Shop, greeted Mrs Higgins and escorted her into the Kilkenny Shop to meet the committee and staff of Kilkenny Group.
“Mrs Higgins was delighted to be associated with this awareness campaign on Mental Health and she encouraged people to talk out and seek help if they think they need support from organisations such as HOPE(D),” said Jim.
In the afternoon, Brenda Donohue of RTE arrived to support the cause and was met by well wishers young and old.
“Brenda was well aware that the stresses of modern life come to bear on us all and in particular during December. Any one of us can face the challenges of life, but it is the ‘support aid’ that we reach out for in crisis that will help us work through to recovery. HOPE(D) provide discreet professional Counselling with our fully qualified Therapists in our warm, welcoming surroundings,” he added.
The charity recently moved to a larger premises on 2 Henry Street, Newbridge, which has allowed it to expand the range of services offered which include eight qualified counsellors and three holistic therapists; confidentiality, respect and empathy; four counselling rooms (one with wheelchair access); support group room; and holistic therapy room.