On Wednesday August 7 one Laois family presented a cheque of €10,586.72 to Pieta House, in memory of their brother, nephew, cousin and son, Adam Kennedy.
Fifteen year old Adam passed away on November 8, 2018.
Since his passing, his family came together to take part in numerous challenges to raise money for Pieta House – whih works with those affected by self-harm and suicide, and as well helping their families.
Adam’s brother Jack, sister Jane, family members Steven Rainsford, Ellen Rainsford, uncle Sean, Claire and friend Tara all took part in different events across the country for Pieta House.
Steven was the first to complete his event, taking on the astounding MO Full Marathon in Vancouver, Canada on Sunday May 5.
Following that, Jane, Ellen and Claire all ran in the VHI Womens Mini Marathon (10k) in Dublin on Sunday June 2.
Next up was Sean taking the Giants Causeway Coast Sportif cycle in Belfast (136km) on Saturday, June 22.
Finnally finishing up Jack and Tara took on the challenge of the ‘Tough Mudder’, an eight mile obstacle course on Saturday, July 20, in Meath.
A spokesperson for Pieta House, Maria Byrne, went to the cheque presentation in the Killeshin Hotel.
“€10,000 will help 10 people avail of a full suite of therapy,” said Maria.
A full suite of therapy entails 12 sessions, maybe more, depending on what the person needs.
“That would cost approximately €1,000 but obviously we don’t charge people. It’s free of charge,” she added.
Pieta House relies on 86 percent of its funding for these services from fundraisers.
“It’s fundraisers and donations like this which is where the money comes from. We’re very grateful for this,” said Maria.
To find out more about Pieta House and where they operate, click here.