The Bray Area Rough Sleepers Support (BARSS) supports the homeless and those in need in Bray every night of the year. This year, on December 1st, they will be hosting a fundraising concert at the Mermaid Theatre, which will play an important role in helping the team.
Made up entirely of volunteers, the group conducts a nightly soup run, providing hot meals, hot drinks, sandwiches and snacks to those in need. The group operates a strict “don’t ask any questions” policy and no one is turned away. The group said it received “absolutely no funding” and relied entirely on donations and fundraising to operate.
During these trying times, the group found it even more challenging to do their work, although the Bray community was very supportive. The team has noticed a significant increase in the number of people visiting our services, and we know that number will only grow as winter begins to sting.
BARSS said: “We take pride in making sure a team is on the streets of Bray every night, without fail. Hail, rain, Christmas or coronavirus – we’re there every night. For those who choose to visit only This certainty is especially important for customers that our services are supported by. We held our inaugural BARSS Christmas Concert last year and it was a huge success, allowing us to maintain and improve the level of service we provide. The concert is a A night of festive entertainment to keep the Christmas feeling going. There will also be plenty of popular classics.”
The concert will feature three performers: Hugo O’Donnell, Aimee Kearney and Samantha Brady. They are both final year students at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and have had many successes in their performances.
Hugo has just left the stage at the Gaiety Theater in Dublin, where he is performing the critically acclaimed William Tell production with the Irish National Opera. As well as performing at the National Concert Hall and First Marching Band, Aimee was also invited to perform at Future Stars in Belfast over the summer. Samantha has extensive experience in choral, opera and chamber ensemble, and she recently made her German debut at the Berlin Opera Academy.
BARSS Volunteer Hugo said: “I have seen firsthand how important the support BARSS provides is to so many people in our community. As a singer, I am really glad that I can contribute to their work by helping to raise funds Contribute, while also providing some entertainment for the seasons in it.”
Commenting on the team’s ongoing work, committee member Angela O’Donnell said: “We are fortunate to have a fantastic team of volunteers whose commitment and passion make our work possible. Some teams provide hot meals every night and sandwiches, another group goes out to our station in town every night. We’re always looking for more volunteers. We have an open page on Facebook where people can find more information.”
Fundraising concert held at Mermaid December 1 Arts Center.Ticket office 01 2724030 or buy tickets online www.mermaidartscentre.ie