IT may not be possible to sell sunflowers on the streets as usual but the hospice movement is asking people to dedicate a sunflower in memory of a loved one in their ‘Virtual Sunflower Remembrance Garden’ and at the same time raise funds for the Friends of St Brigid’s Hospice and HomeCare Services.
The virtual sunflower garden, which will be open throughout the month of June, will help raise vital funds for local hospice and home care services throughout the country.
Prompted by the cancellation of the annual Hospice Sunflower Days on-street collection for the second year in a row, the ‘Virtual Sunflower Remembrance Garden’ will be open for the full month of June at www.togetherforhospice.ie/sunflowerdays. Members of the public can visit the website and dedicate a virtual sunflower in memory of a loved one while also making a donation to their local hospice. The special dedications can be shared with friends or family members to let them know they are in your thoughts and every euro raised will go directly to your selected local hospice service.
Co-ordinated by Together for Hospice, The National Hospice Movement, representing 26 hospices and home care services nationwide including The Friends of St. Brigid’s Hospice and Home Care Services, this new remembrance campaign aims to raise much needed funds for hospice and specialist palliative home care services nationwide whilst also providing the opportunity to remember loved ones, celebrate memories and remind us that we are not alone.
Hospices and home care services across the country need to raise approximately €20million each year and all funds raised will directly support your local hospice, enabling them to continue to provide person-centred, holistic and loving care to patients and their loved ones free of charge.
Dedicating a virtual sunflower in memory of a loved one offers a wonderful way for people to show support for the work of their local hospice whilst celebrating the life of a loved one.
Eilis O’Malley, Chairperson, The Friends of St. Brigid’s Hospice and Home Care Services, commented: “We hope our new virtual sunflower remembrance garden offers a meaningful space for people to celebrate the life of a loved one, remember together with friends and family and help raise vital funds for 26 hospice and specialist palliative home care services throughout the country. By coming together online we can support these vital frontline services both now and into the future.”
Local hospices and home care services are also arranging other local activities throughout the month to celebrate Hospice Sunflower Days so be sure to keep an eye on your local hospice to see what is happening during the month.
For more information and details of your local hospice and homecare service or to plant a virtual sunflower for Hospice Sunflower Days today log onto www.togetherforhospice.ie/sunflowerdays