Ceilí funds a boost but salaries of specialist nurses must be covered

Elizabeth Kelleher (left) and Peggy Kelleher presenting the proceeds to chairman of Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone Christy Lehane

A NUMBER of lively ceilí dances which attracted great support have raised an impressive sum for a very worthy Kerry charity.

As a direct result of those who went all around the house but avoided the dresser, the Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone Association has received a cheque for €700.

It was presented to chairman Christy Lehane by Elizabeth and Peggy Kelleher, from Kilgarvan, on behalf of Castleisland native TJ Nelligan who organised the fundraisers.

“We thank TJ for selecting our charity again this year and for providing much needed funding for the provision of specialist medical equipment for motor neurone sufferers,” said Christy.

Mayor Michael Gleeson: Wants salaries of nurses paid by state

The funds will go towards the payment of wages to specialist nurses with the aim of enabling our motor neurone sufferers to spend their end of life in the comfort of their own homes.

Kerry has the highest number of motor neurone disease patients per capita in the country.

“While fundraising does not get any easier, we are very grateful to see people like TJ Nelligan come to our assistance so many times,” said Christy.

Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Michael Gleeson, has been campaigning for several months for the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive to pay the salaries of four specialist nurses employed by the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

He said their work is “absolutely vital” for people with the degenerative disease and access to the nursing service is provided free of charge to patientsand their immediate families.

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