What We Do
The Sacred Heart Benevolent Fund is a confidential support network of former pupils of the Sacred Heart and it was founded in the 1930’s. In the last year we have helped approximately 48 cases and paid out a little over €100,000.
The needs of those helped are varied and the age range is from 19 to 90! Some needed help with day to day living expenses following a death or business collapse; some needed help following a traumatic event in their lives and others just required once off help to get them over a particularly difficult period. We try to turn nobody down and indeed there occasions when we would like to be in a position to give more.
Help is given in the strictest confidence and we have a social worker on our committee. Sr. Gillian Dempsey is our Sacred Heart Link.
Some ways we have supported past pupils:
- Support with continuing education
- Assistance with accommodation difficulties
- Practical help for families after business failure
- A helping hand for past pupils struggling to rear children alone
- Caring for elderly Sacred Heart past pupils on fixed incomes
Fund raising is varied, coffee mornings, bridge drives, gardening talks, mini-marathon etc. Mount Anville School is very supportive and at least one of the fundraising events throughout the school year is held in aid of the Benevolent Fund. There is also a collection at the MAPPA annual dinner and the Sacred Heart Schools Golf Outing. To generate enough funding to cover all the requests for assistance continuous fundraising is necessary all year round. The generosity of the many past pupils who support our fundraising events, contribute anonymously or by standing order is much appreciated and has ensured that no past pupil in need had to be turned away.
How You Can Help
Donations payable to Sacred Heart Past Pupils Benevolent Fund may be sent to:
Caoileann Torsney, Chairperson
Past Pupils' Office,
Mount Anville House
Mount Anville Road
Tel: 01 2783362
Should you wish to donate by Standing Order in Euro or Sterling, we can provide the necessary forms.
You may also consider leaving a legacy or bequest.
Our Registered Charity Number is 7614
Any donations over €250 per annum (€21 per month) can be very tax efficient.
For a PAYE taxpayer €250 can be worth €312.50 to the Benevolent Fund.
For the self-assessed taxpayer €250 may only cost you €200 or €147.50 depending on your rate of tax.