Twomey Family Remorial

Published Sun, 10/06/2018 - 08:48

The dedication and commitment of Elber Twomey and her strong Duhallow fundraising team has raised a staggering €127,000 for mental health charities and hospitals which offer a "home from home" experience when family members are so gravely ill.

She has shown a depth of forgiveness and kindness to so many despite having her entire family wiped out by a suicidal driver when the Twomeys were returning home from a holiday in the UK on July  6, 2012.  

Elber not only forgave the driver but has since rolled up her sleeves and raised thousands of euro for those in need.  

This year sees the fifth Twomey Family Remorial and it all started in June 2014 when Elber honoured her late husband Con and beautiful 16 month-old-son, Oisín and his precious unborn sister Elber-Marie, whom they lost as a result of the tragic car crash while holidaying in Devon on July 6 2012. 

"Our Twomey Family Remorial Weekend is centred on valuing how precious life is. To date the Twomey Family Remorial has raised over €127,000 thanks to the huge support we have received from near and far. This phenomenal amount will certainly help many people in need,  and please God save lives," said Elber.  

The money has been raised for the hospitals who looked after the family after the crash - for Bru Columbanus in Cork where Elber and her brother Tomas would have stayed for a number of weeks before Con passed away. Bru Columbanus provides home from home accommodation for relatives of seriously ill patients. 

They have also fundraised for St Joseph's Foundation Charleville and for suicide support groups, Pieta House, 3Ts, Suicide Aware (Cork), ReachOut, Walk In My Shoes and Cork Samaritans. Each year the sole aim of the fundraising weekend is to remember "Con, Baba Oisín and Baby Elber-Marie and to promote the value of how precious life is." 

Elber is pictured here with Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid of An Garda Síochána and Chief Superintendent Jim Nye, Devon and Cornwall Police.