Photo: (L/R)  LBC Ladies Cpt; Mary Kelly, ILB President; Anne O’Herlihy, Head of Fund Raising OLH&CS; Ann Julian, Committee: Agnes Gillick, Mary Kenny, Pat MacDonagh.

The Annual Charity Day in Leinster was held on Friday 29 March. This year the Committee selected Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Service (OLH&CS) as a worthy cause.
This year 2024, OLH&CS will proudly celebrate 145 years since its foundation. Established by the Religious Sisters of Charity in 1879, the Hospice in Harold’s Gross was opened in response to the healthcare needs of the community.
Today, OLH&CS provides specialist care for a catchment of over a million people from bases in Harold’s Cross, Blackrock & Wicklow. This great organisation cared for the needs of over 4,800 patients in 2022, it has over 660 employees and over 330 volunteers. It costs in excess of €5.5 annually to support their services.
Such was the demand for participation in this worthy cause that it was necessary to run 2 sessions of bowling on the day, there were 49 playing members in the morning at 10.30am and 51 in the afternoon at 2.30pm. The weather was mixed and everyone who took part enjoyed the game. There was a fee of €5 for playing, raffle tickets were for sale also and everyone was very generous in purchasing same. The raffle prizes were all donated by members and friend of the bowlers. Tea Coffee and light refreshments were served after each session and prizes were given out to the winners, runners up and a prize also for those who tried the hardest.
The afternoon session was attended by Ann Julian, Head of Fund Raising at OLH&CS. She outlined the work done by the organisation and the cost of funding same. She thanked the Committee who organised the event and all those who supported it.


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