On Monday 26th August, Ian Tinney, Chairman of St. Johnston Presbyterian Church Indoor Bowling Club presented cheques totalling €4 000 to two charities, Temple Street Children’s Hospital and Donegal Hospice.
The money is the proceeds of Fun Bowls held in St.Johnston Presbyterian Church Hall each Monday evening of June, July and August when over sixty people met to enjoy Bowling and raise funds for the two Charities.
The Club raises funds annually throughout the season by running Scrambles, Tournaments and serving suppers. The ï¿½4 000 is an additional fund raising idea. Speaking on Monday evening Ian Tinney said, “I had thought of trying the idea, in hope rather than in expectation that it would attract interest. It has proved a major success. People from all over Donegal, Derry and Tyrone have attended each Monday evening. The maximum outlay for each is €4 per evening but everyone has been generous and made donations in addition to their weekly subscription. I am delighted with the outcome and I am pleased to be able to donate these sums to the two very deserving Charities.”
Club members are pleased to support these two Charities. Earlier this year Harry, a seven year old boy, died in Temple Street Children’s Hospital. His parents and grandparents were most appreciative of the medical attention given to Harry and the help and support given to them on the sad occasion.
The help given to families throughout the County by the Donegal Hospice is well known to the Club members and is supported by the Club on a regular basis.
Receiving the cheque on behalf of the Donegal Hospice, Deborah said, “the generous gift is an immense boost to the Hospice to help the residents in their time of greatest need. The recession has made funding much tighter and this considerable sum will make a difference. Thank you to all those who made this possible, your support is greatly appreciated.”
Wendy and Gareth accepted the cheque on behalf of the Temple Street Childrens Hospital. Wendy said “a sincere thank you to the organisers, the Church and the Bowlers who raised this substantial amount for this good cause. Gareth and I really appreciate your support and it means a lot to us at this time.
“The Hospital does wonderful work with sick children and we both experienced that and the care and kindness to us in the recent past. This gift is deeply appreciated and will be very useful to the work of the Staff.”