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Christmas Day swim raises €14K for Mercy Leukemia Unit

Thursday, 15th February, 2018 9:05am

In November 2013, Danny Crowley aged 13, passed away after a lengthy battle with leukaemia. Since then his family, friends and local community have come together to raise money and keep the flame of Danny’s memory alive.

The 2017 Christmas swim raised an incredible €14,000 for the Mercy Hospital Foundation Kids & Teens appeal. It was the biggest to date with over 300 swimmers braving the elements at the height of winter for this most deserving cause. On the day, a flock of red and white balloons representing Danny’s love for both Arsenal and Cork were released.

For those unable to take part on the day, funds were also raised through collection buckets at the Danny Crowley Remembrance Tree in Barry Collins’ Supervalu in Carrigaline from 1-3 December. In this short amount of time, €1,750 was raised. The money raised was presented to the Mercy Hospital Foundation at a special reception in the Stables Function Room, Carrigaline on 3 February.

Accepting the cheque on behalf of the Mercy Kids + Teens Appeal, Mercy Hospital Foundation Board Member Dr John Cahill at the Mercy Hospital Foundation said: “Our mission is to inspire people to support advancements in research, diagnosis, treatments and care of patients at The Mercy University Hospital, the peoples' hospital. We promise to do our very best to provide you with a world class hospital, right on your doorstep, and this is only possible through the help of our supporters and donors like the students from Carrigaline Community School, along with their teachers, families, friends and the local community who took the plunge in Danny’s memory on Christmas Day.”

Danny’s friend, Scott Lonergan thanked everyone who contributed and supported the fundraising. “Each year we think it can’t get any bigger and each year it does. This journey began with a bunch of 12 and 13 year olds mourning the loss of their beautiful friend, and now Danny’s name is a household name for many, and our swim has turned into the largest in Munster."

For more information on The Mercy Kids + Teens Appeal visit

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