Chain Gang Presents €6,000 To Two Charities After Fundraiser In Nicky’s Memory

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Mary Fitzgerald (centre) of Comfort for Chemo Kerry accepts a cheque for €3,000 from Chain Gang Cycling Club members, from left; Chris Murray, Avril Hewitt, Declan Murphy, John Murray, Fiona Ryle and David Elton. Photo by Dermot Crean

THE proceeds of a fundraiser held in The Meadowlands Hotel a few months ago, were presented to two charities on Friday night.

Tralee-based cycling club, the Chain Gang, held a table quiz and a bike raffle in the hotel back on November 15 in aid of Comfort For Chemo Kerry and the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

The bike they raffled was owned by the late Nicky Fitzgerald, a member of the club, and this raised €3,000 alone. Nicky was a hugely popular member of the club who passed away in October of 2o18 after a battle with cancer.

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The rest of the funds raised were from the table quiz and a whip-round by the Chain Gang members. Two cheques for €3,000 each were presented to representatives of the charities at the hotel.

Mary Fitzgerald of Comfort For Chemo Kerry, a sister in law of the late Nicky Fitzgerald, expressed her gratitude for the club’s efforts.

At the presentation of a cheque for €3,000 from Chain Gang Cycling Club to Kerry Hospice Foundation were, seated from left; Bridie O’Connor, Kerry Hospice; John Murray of Chain Gang; Maura Sullivan of Kerry Hospice and Fiona Ryle of Chain Gang. Back from left; Declan Murphy, Avril Hewitt and David Elton of the Chain Gang, Ita Behan of Kerry Hospice and Chris Murray of the Chain Gang. Photo by Dermot Crean

“On behalf of Comfort For Chemo Kerry and the Fitzgerald family, I really want to thank the club and appreciate their efforts to promote the charity. Nicky was treated in the oncology unit at UHK and had nothing but praise for the staff there. He would have really appreciated that the Chain Gang did this for charity,” said Mary.

Maura Sullivan of Kerry Hospice also thanked the Chain Gang — of which she is a member — for their generosity. “Nicky was such a popular member of the club and we’re delighted that they have raised funds for Kerry Hospice in his memory.”

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