Western Alzheimers Nollaig na mBan fundraiser a great success

Posted in Connect on January 14, 2019.


Feature image shows Dee Walsh (Fundraising Mgr Western Alzheimers) and Award Recipients : Marian Navin, Mary Heaslip, Marie Deely, Mairead Nally, Breda McCann. Dr Norah Patten (scientist-astronaut)

Photo by : Sally Lavin

Praise was high for the inaugural Western Alzheimers Nollaig na mBan Ladies Luncheon which took place in the beautiful Lodge at Ashford Castle on Sunday January 6th. The event took a twist on the traditional association of Nollaig na mBan which saw women being “allowed” one day off housework and instead celebrate, recognize and appreciate women.

Dee Walsh fundraising manager explains the significance- “With two thirds of those living with Alzheimers being women and the overwhelming majority of their primary carers being female I thought it was an apt day to show our appreciation to those working, fundraising and volunteering for Western Alzheimers”.

Demand was high with the event selling out in just two weeks. It kicked off with a drink’s reception accompanied by the warm dulcet tones of local, all-female group – The Mulberry String Quartet. This was followed by appreciation awards which came as a shock to the recipients. These were presented by another inspirational woman, Dr Norah Patten – candidate to become the first Irish person in space.

The award recipients:

Mairead Nally (Roscommon) – In Recognition of her Voluntary Commitment to Western Alzheimers.

Mary Heaslip & Phyllis Molloy (Galway) – In recognition of their Commitment to fundraising for Western Alzheimers

Breda Mc Cann (Galway) – In Recognition of her fundraising dedication and devotion of time & support to Western Alzheimers.

Marian Navin (Marian House, Ballindine, Mayo)

Marie Deely (Maryfield, Athenry, Galway) – Recognising their extraordinary service & dedication to Western Alzheimers.

A three course Sunday lunch was then enjoyed and finished with a raffle and a performance from very talented women from the Hession School of Dance who featured in Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl video.
Western Alzheimers would like to extend a warm thank you for the compliments received on the event. To Home Care Medical Supplies, we were delighted to have a local family owned business and one of our suppliers to sponsor the event.

Western Alzheimers provide both care services and support services in Mayo, Galway and Roscommon. They endeavour to ensure that those living with dementia can enjoy a meaningful life as an active member of the community for as long as possible while simultaneously ensuring their primary carer can get a well-deserved break from caring.

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