Daingean couple are national heroes

DAINGEAN couple, Ned and Mary Smyth have been honoured with an Irish Pride Hospice Hero Award at a ceremony in the Mansion House in Dublin.

DAINGEAN couple, Ned and Mary Smyth have been honoured with an Irish Pride Hospice Hero Award at a ceremony in the Mansion House in Dublin.

The Symth’s were described as a great double act, selfless in their dedication and commitment to fundraising for Offaly Hospice for over 20 years in the local area.

Mary Murphy of Offaly Hospice Ltd said, “The talents they bring to hospice is their ability to get volunteers on board for all kinds of events and to raise money even when times are hard. Their most striking talent is the immense respect and gratitude that they have for everyone that helps them with their fundraising.

“They are meticulous in making sure that all help and contributions are acknowledged and never taken for granted. Their involvement in hospice comes from family members who were looked after by the service.

Awarding Mary and Ned as our Irish pride Sunflower Heroes is Offaly Hospice’s opportunity to express our thanks and gratitude to them for the 20 years plus contribution they have made to Offaly Hospice.”

The couple received the honour at the event, held to mark the launch of the national Sunflower Days collection for local hospice services which will take place locally on Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9.

Hospice services have experienced cuts in their budgets and are more reliant than ever on public goodwill during national fundraising events such as Sunflower Days, which is kindly supported by Irish Pride Bakery, in order to keep services going. All hospice services are reliant on the generosity of their local communities to help maintain or expand their services.

People will be able to support their local hospice service by buying a sunflower pin or sunflower seeds for €2 each from collectors on the streets of cities, towns and villages around the country.

Sunflower Days is a major source of income for hospices and voluntary hospice groups countrywide.

The IHF coordinates the event on behalf of the hospice movement but all of the funds raised locally stay locally.

There is an urgent need for volunteers to sell sunflower pins and anyone who has a few hours to spare on June 8 or 9 is asked to please check on www.sunflowerdays.ie for further details.