Monday, March 23rd, 2009 - News
Fund Reaches £50,000 Target 6 Months Early
The Mullany Fund has reached a landmark figure. The educational charity, which supports UK schools of medicine and physiotherapy, was launched in September 2008. The initial target was to raise £50,000 in it’s first year.
That sum was reached six months ahead of schedule, laying down strong foundations for the charity’s future. A spokesperson for the fund described hitting the target as being remarkable.
“Everybody associated with The Mullany Fund is thrilled to have reached our £50,000 target six months early.
“This achievement is all the more special because work on the charity began in very trying times, just two weeks after the murder of Cath and Ben.”
Ben and Catherine were shot last summer while they honeymooned in Antigua.
The Mullany Fund subsequently received the backing of the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, who met with the couple’s family when they flew out to the Caribbean isle days after the tragedy. As well as donating £10,000 to the cause, the Duchess also spoke at the funeral service, held in Cardiff’s Llandaff Cathedral.
Antiguan cricket legend Sir Viv Richards, and Wales and Ospreys rugby star Ryan Jones have also lent their support.
And hundreds of people across the UK, moved by Ben and Catherine’s families’ wish for some good to come from the tragedy, have also pitched in to raise money.
“In the current financial climate, the generosity and support from the public has been staggering,” she added.
“As student costs continue to soar, educational charities are becoming more and more important.
“The Mullany Fund is committed to its vision, that one day each and every one of the UK’s schools of medicine and physiotherapy will be recipients of Mullany Fund support.”
The latest fund-raiser for the Mullany Fund began this week, with Ben’s uncle Michael taking on an epic 176-mile walk from Chepstow to Prestatyn before cycling to Morriston Hospital.