Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - By DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

THIS week the Gaffney fam­ily from Ark­low do­nated the pro­ceeds from their Night For Ray fundrais­ing to The Bone Mar­row For Leukaemia Trust.

The fam­ily raised a to­tal of €8044.41 in mem­ory of Ray­mond Gaffney who passed due to a rare strain of leukaemia. Through­out the sum­mer the fam­ily had or­gan­ised var­i­ous events and col­lec­tions to raise money for the char­ity in­clud­ing a night of mu­sic in Ark­low and a sell out retro night in Dublin which fea­tured Don Con­roy from The Den play­ing a game of Pic­tionary. These events were helped by col­lec­tions and pri­vate do­na­tions.

‘This year has been a great suc­cess for us’ said Andy Gaffney. ‘It’s in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant for us to raise money for this char­ity in Ray­mond’s name and ev­ery­one has been in­cred­i­bly sup­port­ive this year , we are in­cred­i­bly grate­ful. As im­por­tant as rais­ing money, it keep’s Ray­mond’s name alive and well,’ he added.

The funds raised in Ray­mond’s name will go towards the pro­vi­sion of vi­tal ser­vices at the Bone Mar­row Trans­plant Unit in St James’s Hos­pi­tal and will help the char­ity sup­port pa­tients and their fam­i­lies in Ire­land who have Leuki­amia, Lym­phoma or myeloma and those who have had or may need a stem cell trans­plant.

‘We would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank ev­ery­one who do­nated pub­licly or pri­vately, bought tick­ets and sup­ported us,’ said Ray Gaffney. ‘Also a mas­sive thank you to the peo­ple who helped with the var­i­ous events, there are far too many to list in­di­vid­u­ally but they know who they are and we are in­cred­i­bly in their debt.’

This is the third year of A Night For Ray events and to date nearly €20,000 has been raised.

Andy and Ray Gaffney present the pro­ceeds of ‘A night for Ray’ to Pro­fes­sor Shaun Mc­Cann.

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