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Ireland West Airport Knock Staff Raises €42,580 For Irish Charities

By Dave Simpson
Ireland West Airport Knock Staff Raises €42,580 For Irish Charities

Ireland West Airport Knock staff presented a cheque for €42,580 last week to the airport's three staff nominated charities for 2022, Childhood Cancer Ireland, Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust and The Sensational Kids Charity, according to a statement published on the airport's website.


According to the statement published on, Ireland West Airport Knock staff members participated in a number of events to support the three charities this year, including the annual Portwest 5km Runway Run, an online bingo night and a bumper online charity draw.


The statement published on quoted Ireland West Airport Knock managing director Joe Gilmore as saying, "Whilst the last couple of years have been challenging for all concerned, it has been a particularly tough time for charities, who have been unable to fundraise in their normal ways due to the restrictions. In this regard it has been particularly pleasing for the airport this year to have contributed to these three fantastic charities and present a cheque for a record amount of €42,500, to support the fantastic work that these charities all undertake, which really does make such a difference to the people that they support in our community. I am very proud of the continued support and commitment of our own staff in raising significant money for their nominated charities every year and would also like to express our gratitude to our customers, who so generously contributed to the charities through their donations in the charity boxes at the airport."

The statement published on quoted Colin Bell of Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust as saying, "KBRT would like to thank the charity committee of Ireland West for their magnificent donation to our Trust. They were so easy to work with and I know the amazing €42,580 they raised for ourselves, Childhood Cancer Ireland and Sensational Kids will be a massive benefit to all three charities."

The statement published on quoted Childhood Cancer Ireland CEO Laura Cullinan, as saying, "Every year around 60 children and young people (aged 0-24) are diagnosed with cancer in the west of Ireland. Since 2013 we have been raising awareness of Childhood Cancer in Ireland. As a parent and survivor-led charity, we understand that a diagnosis of childhood cancer has a devastating impact on the entire family. We help to ease the burden of diagnosis and treatment on children and their families by raising funds to provide practical and emotional supports. The support from Ireland West Airport has not only raised vital funds towards our emotional supports and services programmes in the west it has also help raise awareness of childhood cancer in the region."

The statement published on quoted Maureen Byrne of Sensational Kids as saying, "We are so grateful to the staff at Ireland West Airport and to all those who took part in the bumper raffle, the Runway Run and the online bingo events. You will be supporting Sensational Kids in our efforts to maximise the potential of the children we serve. We are privileged to have been included with the other worthy charities."

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