Saturday 22 October 2016

Hannah and friends use Easter break to cook up €3k for charity

This Dublin schoolgirl donned an apron and set about fundraising for the Irish Cancer Society during her Easter holidays from school.

Hannah Kent (13), from Artane, was inspired to raise vital funds for the charity after the death at the age of 75 of her grandad Seamus Conroy, who lived in Raheny.

Thanks to the efforts of Hannah and her friends, €3,100 was raised for the society at a cake sale in the hall attached to St Brendan's Church in Coolock.

Hannah, who is in first year at Holy Faith Secondary School in Clontarf, told the Herald that the second anniversary of her grandad's death from cancer is this month.

She said that when she set about fundraising for the charity, she sent a letter to Neville Raethorne, the manager of SuperValu in Sutton.

Mr Raethorne rang her mum, Katherine, who explained everything to him, and he invited Hannah and her friends to come to the store.


So Hannah and her friends donned aprons and got baking. The store supplied the flour, cream, butter and sugar they needed.

"They showed us how to use the piping bags and they showed us how they ice queen cakes and we got to bring everything we baked home," said Hannah.

"There were about 16 of us. We were also allowed to keep all the doughnuts that we made.

"We had six bags full of bread and pastries and 10 tubes of doughnuts. It was brilliant."

The friends did a leaflet drop into households to raise awareness of their cake sale, and they were delighted with the great turnout. Many other locals also contributed buns and cakes.

Hannah's dad, Padraig, said all the girls who took part deserve credit for the time and hard work they put in.


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