Portlaoise choir hits the right note for hospital action committee

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

Portlaoise choir hits the right note for hospital action committee

Delia Hetherington and Cathy Wright, members of the 65 Kitchen Choir

Almost one year after thoudads of people took to the streets to protest against the closure Portlaoise hospital A and E, the Portlaoise 65 Kitchen Choir, run by Caroline Smith, has raised and donated a huge €1500 to the Portlaoise Action Hospital Committee.

The Choir performs an annual show at the Dunamaise Arts Centre every year and chooses a local charity to support.

This year, the shows ran from Thursday, November 15 to Saturday November 17 and a raffle with local spot prizes and cash prizes was held.

The money was raised through this draw and Caroline said all of the choir decided together that Portlaoise Hospital Action Committee is a deserving cause this year.

“We choose a local charity every year and give them €1000 minimum no matter what is raised. The Portlaoise hospital action group are dealing with a very pressing problem at the moment in the town, if we don’t have the hospital we don’t have anything,” she said.

Caroline added that the choir was delighted with the show again this year and thanked everyone who came.

Portlaoise Hospital Action Committee Chairman, Tommy Timmons was at the show on Saturday night to accept the donation.

He thanked the choir and members of the public for their support of the ‘important cause’.

The money goes into running the ongoing campaigns to keep Portlaoise hospital open.