Photos.. Appreciation night for London GAA's Kevin Kelly
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Photos.. Appreciation night for London GAA's Kevin Kelly

THE CLUBHOUSE at the Irish TV GAA Grounds in Ruislip, London was packed to the rafters on Saturday night for a very special appreciation evening for Offaly born Kevin Kelly, a stalwart of London GAA, who is battling cancer.

The Clara native was diagnosed with a Grade 4 aggressive brain tumour last year which required major brain surgery, but unfortunately, not all of the tumour could be removed and will require further intervention.

Kevin is a well respected member of the Irish Community in London and is the Manager of the GAA club in Ruislip as well as a trustee of Safe Start Foundation Charity.

Kevin with friends from the Safe Start Foundation, Andy Rogers, Mahesh Singadia and Jean Coffey Kevin with friends from the Safe Start Foundation, Andy Rogers, Mahesh Singadia and Jean Coffey

He has worked with the Irish in London for the past 25 years and  has always given his utmost to help anybody in need, raising thousands of pounds for charities that help vulnerable people.

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Some of his friends got together to raise some money to help Kevin and his family with the financial implications that will arise during his battle with cancer.

A JustGiving page was set up and the Ruislip appreciation night was culmination of the fundraising effort.

Kevin's friends and family turned up in their hundreds on the night, including a very special guest who travelled over from Offaly, Kevin's 89 year old mother Theresa.