Record Number Of Pleas For Christmas Help From Saint Vincent De Paul


The Clare Area President of Saint Vincent de Paul is urging those struggling not to shy away from calling them, despite a record number of calls in recent months.

Nationally, the charity received 50,000 calls for help in the two month run up to Christmas from people in a variety of circumstances.

Over the past five years, demand on their service has increased by more than 11% as families struggle to pay for the cost of household fuel, food, bills and rent.


Niamh McDonnell says people can find themselves in difficulty for all sorts of reasons: