A local couple are hoping that they can extend the opening hours of a Killyclogher mental health charity if enough money is raised from their upcoming Take Me Out-style event.
Organised by Clare and Gerard Fox, the fundraising extravaganza will take place on Saturday, September 2 at the Village Inn, Killyclogher in the hopes of making Zest in Killyclogher a 24-hour centre.
Doors open at 8pm and the show starts at 9pm, followed by a disco. Compere on the night will be Dale Thomas and all proceeds from the night will go to the charity.
The event will be held in memory of Kevin Fox from Maine Road in Killyclogher who died by suicide on July 4 last year at 32 years of age. He was the beloved brother of Gerard Fox.
Zest is an organisation offering supportive care to people suffering from emotional pain and hurt with the aim of providing a place of acceptance, safety and hope to those who need it.
Take Me Out is a show very close to Clare’s heart as she first met her partner, Gerard when taking part in a similar event locally back in 2011. The pair celebrated their first year of marriage on August 7 this year.
“It’s great that we have a Zest in Omagh now, but it needs to be open for 24 hours,” Clare explained.
“I know from my own experiences that when you need help, you should be able to receive it right away.
“Kevin was a very kind soul, but suffered from mental illness and he couldn’t get through it. He tried, but by the time he was referred by the doctors, he didn’t want to leave the house.”
She added, “Mental illness is becoming a real killer, and sadly it takes lives every day.”
Within the past year, Clare and Gerard have helped raise approximately £21,000 for Zest in Omagh through different fundraising events such as a sponsored climb of Slieve Donard – something which Clare said they got the inspiration to do because Kevin climbed the mountain in aid of an autism charity some years previous.
“The night is something that all of us are looking forward to,” Clare continued. “If love comes out of it, then that’s great, but at the heart of it, it’s for a really important cause.”
• Admission costs £10. For ticket info or an application form if you are interested in taking part, give Clare Fox a call on 074 8321 9565.
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