THE mother of the late Lifford musician Stevie Martin, has revealed that the beneficiary of a dual charity event today will be Pieta House in Letterkenny.
Marina Martin was speaking ahead of the coffee morning and guest tea, two events which will run at the Social Centre in Lifford on Easter Monday (April 17) in memory of her son.
The body of Stevie Martin (29) who performed under the name, Rainy Boy Sleep, was discovered on Strandhill Beach in Sligo last August.
He had been missing for over three weeks and a major air and sea search had been launched after his car was found at Fanad Lighthouse.
“The reason we’re fund-raising for Pieta House is that last year, Stevie did the Darkness Into Light walk for the charity,” Marina Martin explained. “I still have the candle that he carried at the event.
“At that stage, I wasn’t aware that Stevie had darkness in his own life. He was struggling.”
Letterkenny will be the base of the first Pieta House centre in the north west, when it is expected to open later this month.
The organisation already has nine facilities across Ireland where it provides treatment free of charge to people experiencing suicidal thoughts and to those who are self harming.
“I’ll always have an affinity with them,” Marina continued.
“With what would have been Stevie’s 30th birthday just past, I thought now would be a good time to do something. I’m just hoping both events will be well supported.”
The coffee morning in aid of Pieta House and in memory of Stevie Martin will take place on today, Easter Monday (April 17) at the Social Centre in Lifford from 12noon.
The guest tea will be held later the same day from 7pm and will feature music from the Henry Girls and Martin McColgan.