Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Emergency Services in Kildare are coming together on Saturday 15 June to host a white collar boxing competition in aid of the HOPE(D) Charity based in Newbridge.

Members from An Garda Síochána, The Fire Service, The Ambulance Service and The Civil Defense are fighting in this event which will be held in the Osprey Hotel, Naas – doors opening at 7.30pm.

Mental health and suicide touches each and every person including members of the Emergency Services.

The HOPE(D) Charity which is based at 2 Henry Street, Newbridge,  helps people who are suffering from depression or who are at risk of suicide. They also work with families who have been affected by suicide by offering a team of male and female councillors who are available around the clock to offer support.

The HOPE(D)’s premise is up for sale at the moment and the charity needs a huge amount of financial support to keep such an important establishment up and running for the benefit of the community.

Pictured at the launch of The Blue Light Fight Night in aid of Hope(D) by Kildare Emergency Services were Aisling McCool, Johny Edmonds, Noel Sweeney, Mairead Whitely, Martin (Lightning) Egan, Aidan Greene, Kate Behan, Terri Thorpe and Conor Rigney
Photos:. Jimmy Fullam

The public can support this charity in two ways, by purchasing tickets for the Fight Night at €20 which can be purchased from any of the participants or at Naas Garda Station. Or by donating directly to o HOPE(D) at the Go Fund Me page,  https://www.gofundme.com/blue-light-fight?teamInvite=jEJy5RSzD43xZ94957koEn6q4Ete4vI2dT5t38ar3UPMm6lzQDvTtOGtQhZ5eLpm&fbclid=IwAR0LhrGABipGpMpW-fTT9NtavfEV7Ou84TQadWwIauYfP15-KzfZqKsRCjI

Hope(D) offer professional  counselling within seven days, or less in case of emergencies.

The numbers through their door have tripled, yet they get no Government or HSE funding.  25% of their service users are adolescents, 18% over 55s, and the remainder are referrals throughGP, Health Centres, Hospitals, Community Probation office,  or Health nurses pr self referrals.

They are delighted that the amalgamation of our ‘First response’ teams,  are  giving HOPE(D)  a ‘helping hand’ albeit it in the ‘boxing ring’ – raising well needed funds to keep their doors open.

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