Sixties night to raise funds for Galway woman’s medical treatment

Danielle Burke

Danielle Burke

A sixties night will take place in Claregalway next week as part of an ongoing fundraising campaign towards the medical costs of a young Galway woman who has been undergoing treatment for a serious mental illness.

The event, which will take place in the Claregalway Hotel on Saturday November 10, will feature a selection of the best sixties music from the legendary Ger Cooke, along with raffles offering a selection of great prizes. Members of the Galway senior hurling team, current Leinster champions, will also be in attendance with the Bob O’Keeffe Cup. Sixties dress is optional.

The night forms part of the ongoing fundraising campaign for Danielle Burke, who has been undergoing intensive treatment in the UK for the past year for borderline personality disorder.

Danielle’s condition has seen her spend much of the past four years in hospital. The severity of her illness prevented her from engaging with the available treatments in Ireland, leading her parents to seek intensive therapy options overseas. For the past year she has been undergoing intensive dialectical behavioural therapy at a facility in York, which combines standard cognitive behavioural techniques with additional coping strategies such as distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindfulness awareness. The programme offers excellent outcomes for women with complex psychological disorders.

The upcoming sixties night will feature a silent raffle for a painting by Navan-based artist Patrick Reel, along with draws for a variety of great prizes including a holiday to the five-star Gold City resort in Alanya, Turkey (excluding flights ); two nights’ stay in Óstán Árainn, Inis Mór, including flights; two nights’ B&B in one of Aran’s best guesthouses, plus ferry tickets; and a computer software package worth €400.

Tickets cost €10 and are available from the Friends of Danielle fundraising committee, or on the door on the night. Further details are available from Mary Burke at 085 1289035.

Donations can also be made to Bank Of Ireland, Eyre Square, Galway, sort code 90-38-16, account number 96592265. Any funds raise above what is required to fund Danielle's treatment will be shared among Pieta House, Aware, and SOSAD Ireland, three charities which work to help people with depression and other mental illnesses.

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