Clare’s Wish Foundation is holding the Lady Expo coffee morning
By I Love Limerick Correspondent Maxine Bramley
Clare’s Wish Foundation is an Irish charity based in Limerick. In 2013 Limerick man Kevin Clancy launched Clare’s Wish Foundation in honour of his late sister Clare, who had Spina Bifida.
Clare’s Wish Foundation is the only Irish registered charity granting wishes to adults with a terminal condition. To date, the charity has granted over 35 wishes for adults from throughout the country.
The charity aims to bring the wish to life, to create ever-lasting memories for the wisher, their family, and their friends. More than 30 wishes have been granted since the charity launched, providing respite from the normal routines of hospitals, doctors, and treatments. “We granted some very special wishes”, said Kevin Clancy. “We have granted wishes such as a helicopter flight, breaks away from hospital treatments and usual medical routines, trips to LEGOLAND UK, Tayto Park, and Lourdes and meet and greets with stars such as Spandau Ballet, Lionel Richie, Bryan Adams and Niall Horan.”
“We granted some very special wishes”, said Kevin Clancy. “We have granted wishes such as a helicopter flight, breaks away from hospital treatments and usual medical routines, trips to LEGOLAND UK, Tayto Park, and Lourdes and meet and greets with stars such as Spandau Ballet, Lionel Richie, Bryan Adams and Niall Horan.”
Clare’s Wish receives no funding and relies solely on fundraising events and also on their retail unit in Groody, Castletroy in 2016 named Clares Wishing Well.
“We are getting quite a few wish requests coming in at the moment and it has been our best year since launching, ever, in granting wishes. We’ve granted 15 this year which is huge for us” Kevin said.
This month the Clare’s Wish Foundation will be holding the Lady Expo coffee morning, a free fashion, style, and beauty event with the Hilary Thompson Modelling Agency to raise funds in order grant all the remaining wishes made this year by those suffering from spina bifida.
The Lady Expo coffee morning will include several different stands and a live broadcast by Limerick City Community Radio.
Gretta Gibs, on Catherine St. and Frocks and Frills in the Castletroy Shopping Centre will be there on the day to give fashion advice on what’s to come up in the autumn-winter season along with the Hillary Thompson Agency.
For those with an interest in Beauty and skincare, Lloyds Pharmacy will be present to give beauty advice.
Siobhan from the Zipyard Limerick garment alterations will have a stand to talk about women’s body shapes and to give advice on what clothes suit what body type the best.
There will be an Aloe Vera stand that will talk about health issues and the use and benefits of Aloe Vera and as well as a stand giving advice about breast care.
“There is a lot of coffee mornings coming up at the moment and we just wanted to take a different angle, so women who want to get a bit of advice on fashion, beauty and health can come and it’s not just arriving in and getting the typical coffee and a biscuit.
I think it’s important that people get something back from an event when you’re always asking for those people to fundraise,” Kevin said on the nature of the coffee morning
Hilary Thompson from the Hilary Thompson Agency will be MCing the event.
The Lady Expo coffee morning is a free event that will take place at the Killmurray Lodge in O’Brien’s room, on Thursday, October 26 from 11 am to 12 pm. All are welcome.
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