On Christmas Day, a group of students from Carrigaline Community School, along with their families and friends, took to the water at Myrtleville Beach in memory of their friend, Danny Crowley, who passed away after a long battle with Leukaemia in November 2013.
Danny?s friends organised the first Carrigaline Christmas Day Charity Swim in his memory in December 2013, when 40 swimmers braved the chilly waters. Since then, the swim has become a tradition for most students and their friends and family. As well as the annual Christmas Day Swims, 190 students from Carrigaline Community School took part in a Fun Walk in April 2014, raising ?5,385 in Danny?s memory for the Mercy Kids and Teens Appeal, and for which the group picked up a Mercy Stars Award in 2014.
The Mercy Kids and Teens Appeal aims to raise funds to benefit crucial areas of The Mercy?s paediatric services including Bereavement Counselling, Support for children, and Support for Education. Many children are affected by the death of a parent or sibling and require Bereavement Counselling and other support services. For many other children and young people with long term illnesses their education can be affected and the Mercy Hospital Foundation provides support through the hospital Social Work Department to enable many of these children to continue their education following their illness.