Friday, June 07, 2019

TWO local women Eleanor Beattie and  Sheilagh McNamara, who volunteer each year to support the Friends of St Brigid’s Hospice on Hospice Sunflower Days, have been named official ‘Hospice Heroes’ for their many years of fundraising service on behalf of the hospice and homecare service.

Eleanor and Sheilagh, along with 25 others were honoured with the title of ‘Hospice Hero’ at a special ceremony in St Francis Hospice, Blanchardstown in Dublin to coincide with the official launch of this year’s Hospice Sunflower Days campaign.

They have both been involved with the hospice and homecare services for over 20 years and were founding members of the Friends of St Brigid’s Hospice and Homecare Services. As well as fundraising for Sunflower Days and coffee mornings, the ladies also organise jamborees and flower clubs to further raise vital funds.

Pictured at the Hospice Hero special ceremony are (l-r), Clare Martin, Friends of St. Brigid’s Hospice & Homecare Services, Eleanor Beattie, Mary Kennedy, Hospice Sunflower Days Ambassador and RTE Broadcaster and Sheilagh McNamara. Eleanor and Sheilagh, who volunteer each year to support their local hospice on Hospice Sunflower Days, have been named official Hospice Heroes for their many years of fundraising service on behalf of their local hospice and homecare service, Friends of St Brigids Hospice & Homecare Services

They were presented with their plaques at the ceremony by Mary Kennedy, Hospice Sunflower Days Ambassador and RTE Broadcaster.

This year’s Hospice Sunflower Days, which marks the 29th year of the campaign, is taking place on Friday and and Saturday 7 and 8 June.

You can show your support for this worthy cause by volunteering to help out over the two days fundraising or by donating and buying some sunflower merchandise; and remember every euro raised locally, stays locally!

If you would like to volunteer or donate, please contact your local hospice or specialist palliative home care service today, log onto www.sunflowerdays.ie for details of your local hospice or home care service. Alternatively, you can also make a donation by texting ‘SUN’ to 50300 to donate €4* to support local hospice groups across Ireland.

Alternatively, you can make a donation by texting ‘SUN’ to 50300 to donate €4 to support local hospice groups across Ireland. Texts cost €4. Hospice Sunflower Days will receive a minimum of €3.60.

Hospice Sunflower Days aims to raise much needed funds for hospices and specialist palliative home care services across the country enabling them to continue to provide person centred, holistic and loving care to patients and their loved ones free of charge. Funds raised through the campaign will be used to directly support hospices and specialist palliative home care services allowing them to purchase new equipment, support frontline posts, upgrade current facilities and continue to provide their vital service.

Hospice care is about helping people of all ages to live well with an illness which is life-limiting and supporting them to achieve the best quality of life possible as well as providing support for their relatives and loved ones. Care is provided in either specialist in-patient units or in people’s own homes through trained specialist palliative home care nurses.

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