First published: 2015-01-05 13:48:39
Happy New Year to all of you!
Thank you so much for your generosity. We are so happy that we can count on your support!
- Paul Murphy's thankful word following the Sleepout 2014 -
"Our annual Christmas sleepout held to raise funds for Drogheda Homeless Aid was a huge success and surpassed all expectations.
The amount of money collected was well up on last year, an indication of the support the organisation enjoys in Drogheda, South Louth and Mid-Louth.
We know that many people have suffered in the recession and that money was short, and of course there are many other charities calling for support - but the community made the extra effort to fill our collection buckets.
In one case a lady who had won a €25 voucher for Hurley's delicatessen donated it to our cause.
We thank all of our generous donors in the community and assure them the money will be put to good use in sustaining our hostel at North Strand and our resettlement service.
We also thank sincerely all those people who slept out on what must have been one of the coldest nights of the year. They came out in solidarity with us and the entire Drogheda Homeless Aid team thank you all for your support. Happy Christmas to all and a peaceful and prosperous New Year from North Strand.
Paul Murphy (chairperson)"
In total, 15 people, including local councillors and local people, agreed to sleep out for 24 hours on the steps of St Peter’s from 8am on Saturday the 13th of December to 8am on Sunday the 14th of December 2014:
- Mayor Kevin Callan
- Councillor Paul Bell
- Councillor Alan Cassidy
- Councillor Pierce McGeough
- Councillor Tom Cunningham
- Cormac Bohan (IFS)
- Justin Moorhead (IFS)
- Katie Smith (IFS)
- Richard Kieran (IFS)
- Suzanne Markey
- Lizzie Dunne
- Gary Rellis
- Alan Rogers
- Nicola Durnin
- Anita Shields
- The Sleepout edition 2014 was a success -
It was a cold day and night for everyone but we were more lucky than last year with no rain and no strong wind. A special mention to Drogheda River Rescue who arrived during the night and did their stint. Also a big thank to Flogas, helped the volunteers stay warm by supplying patio heaters and bottled gas while they were taking part in the Sleepout. They also donated €500.
The atmosphere in West Street, where the Sleepout took place, was very festive. Our truck served as a stage for Declan Garry, who came to play and sing lovely Christmas songs. And what an amazing and generous response from the people of Drogheda, Dunleer, Termonfeckin, Slane, Laytown and Collon. Highlights include the person who anonymously gave an envelope to the Mayor with €500.
About 40 volunteers were helping out during all Saturday for the collection in many points included Drogheda, Dunleer, Termonfeckin, Slane, Laytown and Collon.
About 14 shop keepers and local businesses allowed our collectors to stand outside their shops to collect money on Saturday (Laurence Centre, Scotch Hall, Credit Union, McDonnell's Hardman's Gardens, JJ's Yellowbatter, Bassil Bisset's, John's Shop, Gerry Fresh Food, Eurospar at Bredin Str, Victory's Centra in Dunleer, Centra in Termonfeckin, Mimnagh's Shop in Slane, Pat's Supermarket in Laytown, Mace Shop in Collon) and Drogheda Hire kindly provided equipments for lighting the Sleepout truck.
An incredible amount of €21,000 was raised during the street collection that means about €3,000 more than last year!
The directors of Drogheda Homeless Aid would like to thank everybody who had a hand, act and part in the sponsored Sleepout. Many many thanks for their great support and any contribution they made to Drogheda Homeless Aid. Drogheda Homeless Aid is extremely appreciative of the huge participation, which is so needed at this time of the year.