Louth Christmas market raises €12k for local charity

New health initiative set to be launched in 2018

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Cooley Christmas Market 2017

THE Cooley Charity Christmas Market raised €12,000 which will help to fund services for people suffering with dementia in north Louth.

The Christmas Market fundraiser took place in Cooley on Sunday, December 10 and garnered massive local support. In record time, 50 Christmas puddings and 60 Christmas cakes were sold.

Many dropped off fresh bakes, others delivered jams, honey and a wide variety of gifts. The proceeeds raised are being donated to The Birches, a charity which provides services to people with Alzheimers and other forms of dementia.

“It will ensure that Day Care continues each Monday in The Birches at Rathabbey, Grange, Carlingford. It will provide funding for Birches staff to visit families in their homes, delivering a few hours respite care,” said a spokesperson.

It will also help finance a new initiative which is being launched in early 2018. A six-week training course for carers will be available in Rathabbey.

“As the curtains are drawn on another year, the organisers of Cooley Charity Christmas Market are acutely aware that this can be a challenging time for families caring for their loved one,” she said.

“Dementia slowly steals away memories and the joy which those memories bring. The success of the Cooley Charity Market highlights the fact that the memory of the wonderful people now inflicted with dementia will never fade.”

She added: “Their contribution to this world will always be remembered and cherished. We are masters of our faith, and as captains of our souls, we march on in confidence knowing that a helping hand will always be within reach.”

For advice on living with dementia contact The Birches on 042 935 1388.