Pictured, left to right: Sean Argue, Joe Hetherington, Joanne Mc Callion, Christina Mc Callion, Trudy McGroarty, Des Brennan and Anthony Gilleran
BICA are a group of charitable characters who partake in a cycle tour each year to raise money for local charities, and they have kindly raised £2,500 for the Birmingham Irish Association Dementia Centre. Joe Hetherington and crew had nominated Birmingham Irish as one of the charities they support.
The money will go towards running the Birmingham Irish Dementia Centre. The centre runs from St Anne’s Parish Centre four days a week, and is open to Irish people (1st, 2nd or subsequent generations) that are suffering with dementia. The service is free of charge, with hot lunch and transport to and from the centre provided.
This much needed service provides an opportunity for the families, community and for the carers to have some much needed respite. It is the first of its kind in Birmingham and is specifically for the Irish community.
CEO of Birmingham Irish Association, Maurice Malone said “We are hugely thankful for the kind donation. The dementia centre is becoming a very popular service, and the donation will go a long way towards maintaining the high standards of care that we provide”.