Big-hearted Donegal singer Daniel O’Donnell has spoken of his love for his fans ahead of a concert to help raise funds for a charity in his native county.
Part of the money raised at the event in Banbridge, County Down will be donated to Donegal Mind Wellness, which was set up Daniel’s wife Majella in conjunction with volunteers and help from the Health Service Executive in Donegal.
The charity aims to help people deal with stress, anxiety and depression, by showing them ways of dealing with these problems.
The Banbridge Rotary Club will be hosting an evening with Daniel O’Donnell in the Seapatrick Parish Centre in Banbridge on February 6, 2017.
Daniel’s step-daughter is married to Rotary Club President Lynda Shields’ son, and he has told Lynda how much he is looking forward to the evening and how much his fans mean to him.
“Whilst it’s a great thrill to be able to play in large venues across the world in front of thousands of people, what I really enjoy is playing in smaller, more intimate venues such as the Seapatrick Parish Centre. I intend to make the evening very informal,” he said.
“My full band will not be with me and so this will give me the opportunity to meet many of my fans.
“They all mean so much to me and to be able to talk to them and sing many of their favourite songs will be a real thrill. I am also hopeful that Majella will be able to come with me.
“I am very grateful to Banbridge Rotary Club for agreeing to donate some of the proceeds to Donegal Mind Wellness – a charity which she founded in 2014.
“It does tremendous work in helping people deal with the ups and downs of everyday life and, so, reduces the chances of them suffering from the likes of stress, anxiety and depression.”
All of the proceeds from the concert will go to three charities – Tiny Life, Southern Area Hospice and Donegal Mind Wellness.
Tiny Life is Northern Ireland’s premature and vulnerable baby charity, dedicated to reducing premature births, illness, disability and death in babies.
The Southern Area Hospice provides specialist palliative care for people across the Southern Trust region.