Milford Hospice issue appeal for donated goods and volunteers for Harvest Fair

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

MILFORD Hospice has issued an appeal for donations of goods and a call for volunteers for their annual Harvest Fair, which takes place in September.

MILFORD Hospice has issued an appeal for donations of goods and a call for volunteers for their annual Harvest Fair, which takes place in September.

The 27th staging of the event takes place on Sunday, September 2 in the Unigolf complex in Castletroy.

Preparations are well under way for the staging of the day out, Milford’s biggest fundraising event. However, organisers have made a resounding appeal for donated goods and volunteers - the latter of which they will need in the region of 200 plus.

“We really need items to be brought to Milford Care Centre drop off point, which will be signposted on entrance to the centre. Items being appealed for include toys, clothes and fancy goods,” said Joseph F Murphy of the Harvest Fair committee, adding that goods this year will be “checked for quality before being accepted in order to minimise the major costs involved with the disposal of unsaleable items”.

“We are also making a special appeal for donations of new and unused items for our perennial favorite the Wheel of Fortune. The volunteers will be on site at Milford Care Centre from now until Thursday August 30 accepting saleable items,” he added.

Munster rugby player Marcus Horan was on hand to launch the appeal, with the sporting icon declaring the fair to be “well-timed as it does not clash with any major sporting events in Ireland such as the All-Ireland finals, so hopefully even more members of the public can attend and enjoy a family fun day out all in support of Milford Hospice”.

Organising committee member Sexton Cahill said that the fair - which traditionally boasts a wide variety of stalls and family orientated events such as a dog show, face painting, a funfair and pets corner, as well as Munster’s largest vintage car rally - was a “the perfect family day out for people to enjoy”.

If you are interested in volunteering visit www.milfordcarecentre.ie or contact the fundraising department on 061 485859/485860.