£1970 raised for Little Sisters of the Poor at St Kents

Manchester Irish Festival 2017

It was a packed house at St Kentigern's Irish Social Club on Sunday as the community raised £1970 for Little Sister's of the Poor. Their annual fundraiser has become one of the highlights of the popular club's calendar.

The event started with the haunting sound of the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band. The band, who toured extensively in 2016 always make time for good causes and their stirring performance set the tome for a great afternoon.

Kevin Fitzpatrick and all the staff at the club worked hard to feed the hundreds who attended. Indeed, the sell out event could have sold dozens more tickets. Patrons were entertained by the popular Donnellys and Heneghans. The group have been drawing crowds in the Heaton Moor area over the past few months.

This was the latest charity event held at the club which has raised over £1,000,000 for good causes in recent years. Kevin Fitzpatrick, who had the crowd in stitches during an impassioned speech said, "The Little Sisters of the Poor do so much good for those who need it most. The nuns and staff at the home provide great comfort to the elderly and provide support and spiritual guidance to not just those in their care but their families too. We are always pleased to support the fundraising efforts of The Little Sisters. It is a challenging time for them as they have to deal with ever growing bureaucracy amid increasing cuts."

The club is already planning next year's event and may even look at hosting a couple of afternoons to meet growing demand. Kevin said, "I would like to thank everyone who gave up their time to ensure this event was an outstanding success. Every penny raised will go to improving the already fantastic service that Little Sisters provide."