Fundraising appeal for local man with MND

The family and friends of local man Seamus Meade, who comes from a well-known family from Assumption Road, have launched a huge fundraising appeal on his behalf.

Seamus, who runs the Shannon Crafts and Coffee Dock on the Strand with his partner Regina, has been suffering from the progressive neurological condition Motor Neuron Disease since he was diagnosed in September 2013. He now has the chance to avail of alternative treatment abroad to curtail the effects of his condition and to give him a better quality of life.

As the treatment is very expensive, in the region of €30,000, his family and friends have decided to raise the money for him. The treatment and fundraising will be ongoing.

A committee has been set up to oversee this project and there is also a group of volunteers ready to help out. They are appealing to businesses in Athlone and further afield to support this good cause by donating as much as they possibly can. They will be contacting local shops to donate items for spot prizes and raffles at various events. They are also looking for more volunteers to help out by organising fundraising events in their local groups, classes, sports clubs, etc.

The group are planning a variety of fundraising events over the next few months, including a fundraiser to take place this Friday morning, July 22, at the Shannon Crafts and Coffee Dock at the Strand.

Other events will include a coffee morning, cake sale, fashion show, race night, table quiz, art auction, traditional music night, and lots more.

A Family Fun Day is also being planned, which will include an indoor market with all sorts of stalls, including collectables, bric a brac, plants, books, cakes, crafts, DVDs, toys, photographs, and more. If you have good quality items that you no longer have use for, please donate them to be sold in the market. A limited number of tables will be available to rent for the day, so contact the group as soon as possible to book your place. There will be lots of entertainment for young and old, with music, face painting, fancy dress, and talent contests for children and adults, penalty shoot-out, hand and foot massage, and a Viking stall. More information about the Family Fun Day will be available in the near future.

Support this cause and to help Seamus have a better quality of life. The group can be contacted at the following numbers: (087 ) 2304195, (089 ) 4854566, (086 ) 2537882, or (087 ) 6219420.

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