Valentine's Ball to raise funds for Acquired Brain Injury services

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Valentine's Ball to raise funds for Acquired Brain Injury services thumbnailPictured from left to right as they promoted the upcoming Valentine's Ball were staff members Ciara McCabe, Eibhilin Smyth, Stephanie Keogh, Tara Sweeney, Caroline Donnellan, Stephen Menton, Martin Noonan and Ciana McGarrigle.

THE Valentine's Ball is back!

For many years the annual get together to mark February 14 was one of the highlights of the social calendar in Tullamore, Offaly and the wider Midlands.

Now the Valentine's Ball spectacular makes a welcome return this February thanks to the fund-raising team at the Acquired Brian Injury Ireland facility in Mountbolus.

The black tie ball takes place in the Tullamore Court Hotel on Saturday, February 10 and a fantastic night's entertainment is promised while romance may also blossom at the get together.

The ball includes a drinks reception at 7.15 pm with music from Darren Brown, a four course meal, live music by The Secrets, comedy from RTE stars John Colleary of the Savage Eye and Apres Match's Gary Cooke, all followed up by a live DJ.

"We're so excited to have this fundraising event take place on our behalf," said the Local Services Manager of Teach Failte, the Acquired Brian Injury's Ireland Mountbolus centre, Martin Nunan.

Martin, who has fond memories of past Valentine's balls in Tullamore, extended thanks to all those involved in organising the event in particular sponsors Guy Clothing and the Wooden Hangar.

Tickets for the ball are priced at €60 each and are available from Martin Nunan 087 9305400, Tara Sweeney, Team Leader at ABI Mountbolus, 086 1709640, Guy Clothing, Tullamore, the Wooden Hangar,Tullamore, ABI Teach Failte, Mountbolus, the Brewery Tap, Tullamore, the Tullamore Court Hotel and Whelahan's, Birr.

Guy Clothing are also doing special offers on tuxedo hire for the ball and have a package available including hire and two tickets.

All proceeds raised from the ball go directly to Acquired Brain Injury Ireland's facility in Mountbolus known as Teach Failte.

As well as raising much-need funds, Martin Nunan said the ball is an opportunity to highlight the services provided at Teach Failte in Mountbolus.

The centre caters for people with an acquired brain injury and their families primarily from the four Midland counties of Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath.

Located in a state of the art building developed by the voluntary Mid-Offaly Housing Association, Teach Failte is situated in a residential area in the village of Mountbolus.

Martin admits that many locals are unaware of its presence and that some of its facilities, including the sensory garden, are open to the general public.

"We would like to open Teach Failte up as much as possible to the community," stresed Martin.

In all the Mountbolus centre provides supports for 164 people while seven individuals are full time residents, said Tara Murray, Team Leader at Teach Failte.

The centre has benefitted from fund-raising ventures in the past including a substantial donation from the Menton family in Banagher which helped finance a much needed new vehicle.

Another local woman, Josephine Brophy raised funds for Teach Failte through a sky-dive recently.

"We are financed directly by the Health Service Executive but any fund-raising efforts are very welcome," stressed Martin Nunan.

The mission of ABI is to enable people with neuro-rehabilitation needs to lead meaningful lives in the community providing personalised quality rehabilitation and support.

ABI stresses that a brain injury can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere.

Full information on the work of Acquired Brian Injury Ireland is available on their website and they can be contacted at their Dublin headquarters at 01 2804164.



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