Kathleen's Causeway of Coins fundraising drive to top €100k mark

The family and friends of late Letterkenny woman Kathleen Ruddy are on course to raise over €100,000 for the Donegal Hospice in her memory.

Kathleen, who was well known in the town for her work with the Rainbow Theatre Group and co-writing the musical Caisleain Oir, tragically lost her battle with Glioblastoma Multiforme, a rare form of brain cancer, in November of last year at the age of 58.

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Kathleen Ruddy

During the final month of her illness she was cared for by the Donegal Hospice.

A number of weeks before her death, Kathleen became a spokesperson for palliative care and was interviewed by Shaun Doherty on Highland Radio.

This moving interview has recently been nominated for a prestigious PPI national radio award, the winner of which will be announced on Friday, October 7.

Over the course of 2016, Kathleen's family initiated a series of fundraising events to show their gratitude for the care she received at the Hospice.

The main focus of the activity was the Causeway of Coins itself, which saw Kathleen's husband Daniel Ruddy, her daughters Mary and Carol, and son John and a legion of supporters and volunteers span the 3km journey from their home in Crievesmith Park to the Donegal Hospice end-to-end in €2 and 50 cent coins.

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The Ruddy Family

The Causeway of Coins ran from Monday, August 22, reaching the Donegal Hospice gates on Friday, August 26. From January until August, the Causeway of Coins fund raised €63,000 and during the Causeway week, the tally grew to over €92,000.

Subsequent donations have now taken the total to a staggering €97,000 for the Donegal Hospice. To help Kathleen's Causeway of Coins over the €100,000 mark, Daniel Ruddy's former Unifi colleagues are organising a charity dance on Saturday, October 8 in the Mount Errigal Hotel. T

he Ruddy family and Causeway of Coins Committee will present the total cheque to representatives from the Donegal Hospice on the night. There will be live music by the Beef Steak Dancers, followed by disco with DJ Dexter. There will be a great prize draw on the night also.

All are welcome to attend this dance and tickets are available at the door at a cost of €10 each. Doors open at 9.30pm. “It will be with great pleasure that we can hand over a cheque in the region of €100,000 to the Donegal Hospice on October 8.

"This money will all be staying local for the much needed work of the Donegal Hospice facility itself and the home care services they also provide,” commented Daniel Ruddy in relation to the fundraising initiative.

The Causeway of Coins Committee and Ruddy family extended their sincerest thanks to everyone who supported the fundraising drive.

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