GENEROUS charity supporters helped St. Kentigern’s Irish Club pass the £1million mark in fundraising for good causes over the weekend.
And the team at the popular Manchester club were delighted to have hit the whopping sum six months earlier than they expected to.
Earlier this month, as revealed by The Irish Post, club manager Kevin Fitzpatrick claimed that he expected to reach the magic £1million figure by 2016.
Today the Fermanagh-native – who took on the club in 2002 - told us it felt “unreal” to have got there already.
“It’s a fantastic achievement for the club, the staff, and all the charities we have supported along the way,” he told The Irish Post.
The target was reached on Saturday, June 13, when £20,160 was raised at the Michael’s Way fundraiser held at the Fallowfield venue.
Held in honour of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome victim Michael Brennan, as the first anniversary of his death approaches, the event was planned to raise charity cash to help raise awareness of the SADS condition among young adults.
“It was an unreal night and a great feeling to have raised so much money,” Mr Fitzpatrick added.
“We have to thank everyone involved in the event - from those who bought tickets, to those who donated raffle and auction items – for supporting it so well.”
He added: “Of course we cannot forget the people who have gone before us, that many of these fundraising events were for, when we look back at this type of achievement and the work done by all over the years.”
The total fundraising pot achieved by St Kentigern’s Irish Club since Mr Fitzpatrick took over in 2002 now stands at £1,008,640.