Thomas and Eileen’s Headley’s Bridge Crib Collection Reaches a New High

Comfort for Chemo representatives: Cora Walsh (left) with Paul McCarthy (centre) and Patricia Hickey (right) accepting a cheque for €3,612.29 from Eileen and Thomas O’Connor from their 2023 Christmas Crib collection at Headley’s Bridge, Knocknagoshel.

The annual Christmas Crib fundraiser, erected beside the home of Eileen and Thomas O’Connor in the Headley’s Bridge area of Knocknagoshel since 2012, has broken takings records year on year since.

Their toe-in-the-water takings of €100 in 2012 has been put in its place with seriously impressive hauls since then.

The 2023 crib collection yielded the best figure yet of €3,612.29 and this was presented recently by Eileen and Thomas to Comfort for Chemo representatives: Paul McCarthy, Cora Walsh and Patricia Hickey at University Hospital Kerry.

The Crib at the Bridge

The increase in levels of donations over the years is impressive. For example, as recently as 2021, the crib raised €2,200 and that was the best yet back in those few short years ago.

The Crib at the Bridge has new set a new high with its 2023 €3,612.29 total and Eileen and Thomas are anxious that all who contributed large amounts or small are thanked for helping them reach that figure. They’re not forgetting their annual contributor, Eamon Cotter of SSE Airtricity whose generosity over the years has meant that a meaningful sum of money is presented to Comfort for Chemo – the O’Connor’s chosen charity from day one.

A Heart-Warming Experience

“Putting up the crib every Christmas has been a heart-warming experience for us over the years since 2012.

“We didn’t know what to expect when we did it for the first time back then – but we discovered the generosity of the people of the locality. They’re great in the way they keep on supporting the charity and they always surprise us and we genuinely appreciate them all,” said Eileen and Thomas.

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