THE late Mary Alice Monaghan from Trillick was able to spend her final days at home on her farm looking out to see the rolling countryside with the love and devotion of her family enhanced by care and support from the local Marie Curie Nurses.
And now the family have spectacularly repaid the help from the charity, by raising over £26,000 with a raffle for a cow which was won by a church minister.
Mary’s son Gerard said they were overwhelmed by the response to their unusual fundraising initiative.|
“Following mum’s death the family wanted to give something back to the wonderful nurses who cared for her, and helped make her final days peaceful and comfortable. Farming is in our blood so we set about combining farming and fundraising.”
The family donated ‘Punch’ a Limousin cow as the prize in a raffle draw. They embarked on selling tickets all over Tyrone and Fermanagh during the summer months.
Mary Alice’s sons Gerard, Ted and Damian were supported by Ted’s wife Catherine and sons Conor and Stephen and neighbour Ed Bradley, they worked in teams often late into the night selling tickets.
The family wish to thank everyone who bought tickets and attended the draw held in the Bridge Tavern, Eskra. ‘Punch’ was won by Rev Ivan Dinsmore from Newtownstewart who was given another surprise.
He said, “I had no hesitation in buying a ticket to support such a worthwhile cause as many of my parishioners had received expert care from the Marie Curie nurses. Not for a minute did I think what I would do if I won the prize. I was further astounded to learn that Punch was with calf and is due to give birth in October. I may call the new edition Judy.”
Sheena Havlin, local fundraising manager for Marie Curie, said, “When I first met the Monaghan family they told me they wanted to raise £20,000 from raffling a cow. A novel idea I thought with an ambitious target.
“I was astounded when invited back to the farm to receive the proceeds. Conor and Stephen could not contain their excitement when they ran out to greet me with shouts of, they had beaten their target. I was lost for words when they handed me £26,290.33.”
She added, “Marie Curie sincerely thank the family and all who supported their endeavours. This fantastic amount of money will assist us in continuing our work locally.”