The organisers of the Halloween Spook Festival at Fitzpatrick’s have raised over €17,000 for charity, WRITES MARTIN GRANT.
Danny Fitzpatrick, owner of the award-winning restaurant, revealed that €17,456 was raised by the public for Temple Street and the Children’s Respite Centre in Lordship.
The amount is a staggering increase from €8,400 raised last year.
Thousands of people attended the Halloween festival over the last number of weeks.
“It has been amazing,” Danny told The Democrat, “The event doubled in size from last year. It is great to see that the donations have also doubled.
“Although the weather was not the best in October, hundreds of people still visited.
“All of the funds raised go directly to the two charities. Both charities do great work.”
Danny praised the work of his staff and the local community.
“The staff worked around the clock to make the festival such a success.
“They went beyond their duty. They are dedicated to their job. The Respite Centre also provided people to help direct traffic and coordinated the event.
“The festival really is a team effort. Everybody plays a part in making it happen.
“Credit has to go to all the kids who volunteered their time as live actors. We held a party for them after it was all over.”
Danny already has plans in place for next years Halloween event.
“I’ve put the wheels in motion for next year already. In the last few days I walked around and was coming up with ideas to make the event bigger and better.
“I have already bought some new decorations for next year and will be changes things around.