Tara Vale swimmers splash the cash with generous donations of €19,300

A CROWD of sea swimmers gathered at the Tara Vale lounge in Ballymoney to present cheques to local charities as a total of €19,300 was collected as a result of the annual New Year’s Day swim.

Tara Vale Swimmers were delighted to present the various cheques to this year’s chosen charities which were the local Jack and Jill Foundation, St Patrick’s Special School and North Wexford Hospice Homecare Nursing Trust.

A cheque for €1,000 was also presented to Sam Kennedy of Courtown RNLI after he and his team were on hand during the swim itself.About 170 people took part in the New Year’s Day swim this year, which celebrated its 15th year.

Fergus Rapple of the Tara Vale Swimmers said that it’s all about hard work.

‘Without the hard work of all involved plus the amazing support of local people and businesses, none of this would be possible. Thanks to all and hopefully with your ongoing support we will continue to help deserving charities in 2020. We look forward to the coming year’s events.

‘Contributions from the community and all who support us, year in, year out are so important. It is terrific that people are still willing help those deserving charities.

All beneficiaries were delighted with the monies raised and spoke of the work and assistance that this donation will enable them to carry out in the area.

‘On behalf of the Jack and Jill Foundation I was so delighted to meet everyone in the Tara Vale last. Your welcome was so warm and genuine. Thank you so much for your wonderful continued support. It means so much to our 27 Wexford families and the wider community, well done’.