• Cyril McAree

The Ashford Estate Team Go Hand In Hand To Beat Their Fundraising Target!


In 2017 the team that works across the two properties on the Ashford Estate, Ashford Castle and The Lodge at Ashford Castle, set themselves an ambitious target of €7,000 to raise for their chosen charity, Hand In Hand, the Children’s Cancer Charity. It is with great pride that today they announce the total amount raised over the 12 months of fundraising activity came to an impressive €11,998.44, almost double their initial target!

Through a series of events and challenges the team worked together to raise the much-needed funds for Hand In Hand. The staff Christmas party raffle raised almost €1,800 alone and a sponsored 5K run through the estate raised a further €800. The daring among the team have committed to taking on the head-spinning Ashford skydive challenge and with online donations, a quiz night and raffle cards for the skydive, they have raised over €3,000 for the children’s charity.

Marie Karner from House-Keeping raised a fantastic €555 by running the Dublin City Marathon in October and a further €722 was collected by the Ashford Estate team when they set up a car wash and Cornettos day on the Estate – practical and delicious!

The commitment and drive from the team from The Lodge at Ashford Castle was generously supported by all guests staying in The Lodge from January to December 2017, with guest donations to Hand In Hand totalling a whopping €4,752.

General Manager of the Ashford Estate, Mr. Niall Rochford said, “We are immensely proud of the team for their incredible fundraising efforts for Hand In Hand. To almost double our initial target is fantastic but not surprising as our team here on the Estate always gives 110%! The generosity of our guests must be noted too, it was wonderful to see so many visitors from around the country and indeed, around the world, support our staff and the charity in this way.”

Speaking on behalf of Hand In Hand, the Children’s Cancer Charity, Jennifer Carpenter, Service Manager said, “We are just thrilled to accept this wonderful donation at Hand In Hand and are so grateful to everyone who helped in the fundraising. The commitment by the team on the Ashford Estate is very much appreciated by everyone here at the charity but mostly, and most importantly, by the children who use our services and their families who will benefit from this support.”

To donate as little as €5 to Hand In Hand, The Children’s Cancer Charity, please go to www.handinhand.ie

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