The next Cooley ‘CHARITY’ Country Market will take place in St Mary’s Parochial Hall Cooley on Sunday 4th Dec.
This country market is unique, and very unlike other markets which run monthly in various locations all over the country. This market has created an identity all of it’s own.
It is held twice per year in July and December. Cooley Country Markets were born from a vision of a need to provide care, support and understanding for those living with Alzheimer’s disease in Cooley and surrounding areas. The idea was that they would be cared for in the heart of their own community, by their own people, in a place where they would feel at ease.
This unique community market is run by a group of enthusiastic volunteers. To date, it has raised in excess of €50,000 for the Birches Alzheimer Day Care Centre. The secret of it’s sweet success is a very simple but vital concept – it has the backing of an entire community from the local area and further afield. Loyal supporters sharing a common bond, reaching out and supporting friends and neighbours with Alzheimer’s disease.
Thanks to the funds which have been raised by Cooley Country Markets, dreams came true, and a specalised medical team from The Birches Alzheimer Day Care Centre in Dundalk now travel to the Rath Abbey Community House in Grange Carlingford each Monday. In this peaceful place they give care, understanding and support to those who find their lives troubled by Alzheimer’s disease.
The Carlingford/Omeath Red Cross minibus picks up each client from their own home, transports them to the Day Centre, and returns them safely to their family that evening. The Day Centre is a haven of kindness with many local volunteers gathering each Monday to share their talents with the clients who use this service.
Living with Alzheimer’s disease can have a big emotional, social, psychological and practical impact on a person..
Those effected describe these impacts as a series of losses and adjusting to them is challenging. Dealing with all of this demands support and understanding.
Thanks to this vital service which now comes to the Cooley peninsula each Monday, families whose lives are touched by this disease find a way to cope.
A diagnosis of dementia can have a huge impact on a person’s life. All members of the family feel the stress and strain. However, when armed with the tools of education and understanding, a light is found on what otherwise might be a dark confused road.
The Cooley Charity Country Markets are now going from strength to strength. Lots of people support them in various different ways. Many chose the option of presenting the markets with delicious home baking. Others spend their free time making jams and chutneys. Others reach for their knitting needles to create beautiful handmade items. Some grow fruit and vegetables for the market, many more will donate good quality items which they may need no more. For others they enjoy the past time of eagerly seeking out items which can be sold at the market. As a result of all this groundswell of goodwill,
The Cooley Charity Country Markets have now become a bargain hunter’s paradise. A wide variety of items can be found on the stalls and all are sold at very reasonable prices. The next Cooley Country Market will take place on Sunday morning 4th December in Cooley Parochial Hall.
As the long summer evenings turn to cosy Autumn nights, the organisers of the markets invite those who may have some spare time on their hands to consider supporting this noble cause.
They warmly welcome donations of a hand knitting, crafts, good quality bric a brac, bicycles, small items of furniture etc Each cent raised at these unique markets goes directly to support those living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Many who benefit from this service once walked the roads of the Cooley Peninsula to school.
Wonderful people who had all the patience in the world to teach us how to walk, talk and lace our shoes. Old ‘Father Time’ now beckons, presenting all of us with an opportunity to step up to the mark, take their tired hands and restore peace and understanding to their troubled world.
A huge thank you to all who have supported these charity markets in the past, this ongoing support is what sustains them and creates the funds to provide a vital service in the community. For advice and support on living with Alzheimer’s disease Contact Olive 042 9351388
To donate an item to the market, contact Anne 086 3938289
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