St Kents raise over £5,000 for Macmillan

Manchester Irish Festival 2019

Manchester’s Irish Community raise over £5,000 for Cancer Charity

If Barry’s Tea had a prize for the biggest Afternoon Tea, I think St Kents Irish Club in Manchester would probably win it along with their other numerous accolades.

St Kents award winning Irish Club in South Manchester staged a sell out Afternoon Tea in aid of the Macmillan Cancer Care Charity on Sunday 23 October.

The event was staged in memory of Brendan Byrne who passed a year to the day of the charity afternoon.

Brendan had been looked after the Macmillan Care nurses whilst suffering from Heart Problems. Visitors to the event had come from all over Ireland and Manchester which included Brendan’s brother John Byrne who had travelled all the way from County Wicklow and the Fitzpatrick’s who had travelled from County Fermanagh to be at the special event.

The club which during the last 15 years has helped raise 1.4million years for different charities had also organised a memorial golf day for the charity in memory of Jimmy Molloy which raised £1,160. In total just over £5,100 was raised from both of these events for the charity.

One of the organisers Tina Fitzpatrick (nee Byrne) commented “The family wanted to do something for the charity which had done so much to look after my father. A lot of people think that the nurses just care for people with cancer, but they are there for anyone who needs respite care. My Dad did not have Cancer but had a lot of problems with his heart and we cannot thank the nurses enough for their support. We would like to thank everyone who helped us stage the event and who came along to support it and contributed towards the charity.”

The event featured home baked food, cakes and pastries with numerous cups of Tea served in Vintage China. Entertainment on the afternoon included Trad group ‘MoorIrish’ and the award winning Irish DJs Joe Casserley and Tony Cagney.

Tony Hennigan from the Manchester Irish Festival added “It was a great community event with three or four generations of the same family enjoying the live entertainment and the lovely food. I’m sure Brendan would have been looking down and smiling at everyone who had come to support such a worthwhile charity.”