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16/10/2021

Limerick soccer fans give local charity a €1k boost

Limerick soccer fans give charity a €10k boost

Brian Carroll, advocacy campaign manager, for Limerick Mental Health Association, accepts a cheque for €1,070 from Paddy Hartnett, the chair of Limerick Spurs Supporters Club

LOCAL fans of Premier League soccer team Tottenham Hotspur have given the Limerick Mental Health Association a vital fundraising boost.

Supporters of the North London team based in Limerick secured a signed Tottenham jersey for the raffle in aid of the association, which exists to signpost services and promote positive mental health across Limerick.

In a funny twist, supporters club chairman Paddy Hartnett saw his own entry come out of the hat first for the shirt – but he insisted this go back in the draw.

While Crecora man Joshua Killing scooped the shirt, the real​ winners were the Mental Health Association, which received the proceeds from the draw worth €1,700.

Paddy said: “I had bought my ticket to enter and the draw was videoed and everything was above board, but much as I would love the prize for myself, I felt it only fair that another Spurs supporter should win it.”

It’s the second year in a row the supporters club has teamed up with the mental health association, but with Covid-19 restrictions, it was not possible to do a fundraiser – so it was agreed to prolong the partnership.

Tracey Lynch, the manager of Limerick Mental Health Association, said: “We need to raise €30,000 a year in public donations to operate our services and unfortunately Covid has led to fall-off in donations, coupled with an increased demand for our services. The number of people using our services has increased by over 100% since March this year. As we emerge slowly from Covid, we have to prepare ourselves for the inevitable strain that it has placed on everyone’s mental health, and we are seeing that in the increased demand for our services.”

She thanked Paddy Hartnett, the Limerick Spurs Supporters Club and Tottenham Hotspur FC themselves for helping to organise the fundraiser.

As for Tottenham’s first team, they have made an indifferent start to the new Premier League season, winning three, but losing the last two games, both times by a 3-0 margin.

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