ORDINARY people continue to do extraordinary things for charity despite the tough economic climate. A couple who held an afternoon in their garden raised €2,210 for the Susie Long Hospice Fund (SLHF). Henry and Ruby Miller kindly opened up their beautiful garden at Bawnmore, Johnstown, recently to neighbours and friends for a fundraising afternoon. Dry days have been few and far between this summer but the rain held off and the sun shone for the “Afternoon in the garden” on July 15. The Millers had the support of locals in Johnstown -- with some even becoming “kitchen staff” for the day -- helping out serving tea and refreshments. “The neighbours have always been a great support,” said Ruby Miller who has organised the garden party at her home in aid of the SLHF for the past four years. “People are so good, they come and go all afternoon. Some give money if they can’t make it,” she added.
The Millers chose the SLHF as their charity of choice as they made a personal connection with the late Susie Long’s husband, Conor Mac Liam and the couple’s son, Fergus. “Conor and Fergus joined the table tennis club we belong to so when we found out the connection to Susie Long, we decided to go for that,” explained Ruby. The Millers were joined by their great-niece Charlotte Hannah who is pictured presenting a cheque to Tommy Roche, chairman of the SLHF.