A selfless couple who overcame personal tragedy, kindly donated almost €4,000 to charity last week.
Bridget and Stephen McCarthy from Listry, who sadly lost their baby daughter Avery at 20 weeks in October 2016, donated €3,830 to Féileacáin, a not-for-profit organisation that supports those affected by the death of a baby during or shortly after pregnancy.
After the tremendous support they received from the charity they felt wanted to give something back.
Stephen took part in this year’s Dublin City Marathon in October, finishing in 3 hours 57 minutes.
In the process he raised the funds, Bridget explained.
“We were completely blown away by all the support we received, and all the well wishes for Stephen as he was the one running the Dublin City Marathon on behalf of Féileacáin,” Bridget said.
“We are delighted to announce the final figure raised was €3,830 and a huge thank you to all those who supported us achieving this in honour of the memory of our daughter Avery.”
Féileacáin, she explained, provides a huge amount of support to families who unfortunately are in the same situation as them.
Féileacáin currently provides between 800-1000 memory boxes to hospitals each year.
“The memory box, given by the charity to recently bereaved parents, is hugely important to families,” she said.
“This box provides so many opportunities for parents to create memories with their babies, by providing them with the necessary items to take hand and footprints.
“Also inside are the two little teddy bears which I know I cherish.
“Baby takes one that is filled with love and one stays with parents. The blanket has been knitted with love to wrap baby in. These memory boxes are a huge and valuable part of the grieving process as they provide the opportunity to create precious memories which can be looked at over and over again.”
Also provided is a beautiful candle with babies name and date of birth which can be ordered from the office.
She added that all money raised through fundraising goes back to the charity, ensuring that families are supported during one of the hardest times of their lives.