Mikey Smyth raises €1,025 for Bloomfield
Last Friday night, musician and former Leinster Rugby player Mikey Smyth dedicated his last lockdown livestream to Bloomfield. Mikey has spent lockdown helping Irish charities raise vital funds, in total raising over €22,000 for great causes. Mikey performed live on his Facebook Page, and you can watch it back here.
Mikey regularly performs for us here at Bloomfield, entertaining our long-term residents. He does the rounds, visiting other hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centres, too. The funds raised from the performance on Friday will be put towards building a men’s shed for our residents.
Keeping a distance
When Mikey could no longer play to his usual audiences, it was an easy decision for him to move online. He said, “People have missed live music and I was getting loads of requests to call by cocooning neighbours. I thought I’d do something about it to raise their spirits. I’m overwhelmed with the support I’ve received and the public’s effort in helping me raise vital funds for charity while I play.”
Since starting this initiative, Mikey has raised over €22,000 for charities including Alone, Jigsaw, DSPCA, and more. Friday’s auction included a €250 voucher for Derry Clarke’s L’Ecrivain, four €150 vouchers for Blue Duck Valet, a Dublin GAA jersey signed by Jim Gavin, and more. Items were kindly donated, with the performance and auction raising over €1,000.