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09th May 2020

The Irish public raised over €2m for Pieta House during last night’s Late Late

James Fenton

The Irish public raised over €2 million for Pieta House last night during an appeal which took place on The Late Late Show.

Thousands of people around the country woke up early this morning to take part in Pieta House’s Sunrise Appeal but hours before that, Late Late viewers were busy donating millions from their sofas.

Last night’s episode featured Elaine Austin, Chief Executive of the suicide charity who said that “in February, March and April of last year we had 600 calls and texts, this year it’s 1,400 and we have to consider that that’s associated with Covid-19.”

A number of other guests appeared in support of the charity including former President Mary McAleese, Adam Clayton of U2, actor Pierce Brosnan, musicians Mary Black, Frances Black, Mary Coughlan and Sharon Shannon as well as astronaut Chris Hadfield.

During the show, viewers were encouraged to donate to Pieta House, with host Ryan Tubridy keeping us up to speed on how much money was being raised throughout. By the end, it was declared that over €2 million had been raised, which is a huge testament to the generosity of the Irish people…

This morning, thousands around the country got up to take part in Pieta House’s Sunrise Appeal, which took place in the absence of the charity’s annual Darkness Into Light event. If you wish to donate, add a message or check out some pictures of the event, you can do so via this link.