On Saturday May 2nd, 8-year-old Eloise McDonnell had planned to make her First Holy Communion. To mark the day, while maintaining social distancing and observing all guidelines, Eloise completed a 10K in Kilmovee in her sister’s communion dress. Eloise and her sister Lucia raised over €30,000 for Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation.

Last year Eloise participated in her first Kilmovee 5K. Sadly this year annual 10K & 5K which help raise vital funds for Mayo Roscommon Hospice, could not go ahead.

Eloise’s Dad Michael passed away from a brain tumour when Eloise was seven months old.

Each year since, the girls have presented the Michael McDonnell Memorial Shield at the annual 10K. This year on what was hoped to be a very special day Eloise hopes that with your help she completed a very special challenge in memory of her great Dad Michael.

Eloise means strength & Lucia means light.

The family said they hope to bring some strength and light to those who need it and will be forever grateful for the kindness and compassion shown to their family in 2012. Well they did that in spades on May 2nd and raised over €30,000.

You can still donate via GoFundMe here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/eloises-first-10k-in-communion-dress