Local Heroes Raise €3,630 for Suicide Charity HOME

9 months ago Tue 12th Nov 2019

Two Go-Ahead Ireland colleagues, Philip Ellis and Paul Toughill, recently took part in a sky-dive to raise funds for local charity, HOME, and raised over €3,630 in the process. 

HOME, which stands for Helping Others More Everyday, was set up by Warren Dempsey to help combat rising suicide rates in Ballyfermot and the surrounding areas. It provides drop in-sessions and community events to help raise awareness around suicide and mental health. It also helps those who have been directly affected by suicide. 

The 11,000 feet dive, nearly 800 times the height of a double deck bus, took place in Kilkenny earlier this month. “Paul and I jumped from a little under 11000 feet and it was one of the scariest things I have ever done; I even came close to not going ahead but thankfully I built up the courage”, commented Philip Ellis. 

Over the last number of months, the colleagues - who work for Ballymount based bus company Go-Ahead Ireland – know of several people who have lost family members to suicide and were determined to raise as much money as possible for HOME.  

“We are still counting donations but would like to thank everyone who contributed to this very worthy cause. Go-Ahead Ireland also donated an additional €2,500 to the cause for which we are very grateful”, Philip said. 

Anyone keen to support HOME can donate via gofundme/com/f/dive-for-home