Heyday helping charities

WITH nearly 50 bands performing at this year’s Heyday festival, all the musicians and organisers are coming together yet again to fundraise for charities.

WITH nearly 50 bands performing at this year’s Heyday festival, all the musicians and organisers are coming together yet again to fundraise for charities.

With this the third year of the festival, the two chosen charities for the December 27 gig are Laois Hospice and the Laois Branch of the Irish Kidney Associaition. The festival picks different charities every year and organisers said that they decided to give to local charities this year.

“We were having a chat about what charities we wanted to pick”, said organiser Frankie McNally. “These two charities are close to our hearts and they are doing very good work”, he said.

Padraig Whelan from Laois Hospice said that the charity was delighted to be involved. “The money raised will go to helping people with cancer in their homes. It will maintain and enhance our hspoice service. We are depending on fundraisers and we are lucky we have been the chosen ones for this”.

Martin Doody from the Laois Branch of the Irish Kidney Association was equally delighted. “”We really do appreciate this effort. As well as the money raised, it also raises awareness of the profile of kidney disease, and highlights the goodness of transplantation, or the gift of life”.

As well as buckets on the bar, there will also be a raffle on the night, and prizes include tickets to Electric Picnic. To find out more about the Heyday Festival, visit www.heydayfestival2012.com or visit their page on Facebook.