Offaly volunteers take to the streets this week for Hospice Sunflower Days 2018
Volunteers representing Offaly Hospice Foundation will take to the streets in Offaly to sell sunflower pins and teddy bears on Friday, 8th and Saturday, 9th June for Support Your Local Hospice’s national fundraising event, Hospice Sunflower Days.
Every euro raised by Hospice Sunflower Days will be used locally at Offaly Hospice Foundation, to support the growing number of people using the services.
Hospice care is provided free of charge to those living with an illness that is life-limiting and enables them to achieve the best quality of life possible.
Now in its 28th year, the funds will directly support hospices and homecare services to buy crucial equipment, hire specially trained palliative nurses, refurbish facilities and gardens, and provide high-quality home and in-patient care. It will also be used to support the families and loved ones of the patient through bereavement.
Charity Ambassador and RTÉ broadcaster, Mary Kennedy called on the community in Offaly to support Hospice Sunflower Days 2018 by donating or buying a sunflower pin or teddy bear next weekend.
Ms Kennedy said: “There is tremendous goodwill by people in Ireland towards their local hospices and, I am encouraging the public to show their support for Hospice Sunflower Days. The care and support afforded to families in need is vitally important. By buying a sunflower pin from one of the many volunteers, you are helping to bring comfort and dignity to people at the end-of-life.”
In Ireland, the population of those over the age of 65 is set to triple in the next three decades. With that, demand for hospice and homecare services is set to increase.
Commenting today, Pat Quinlan, Chair of the Voluntary Hospice Groups said, “The nature of hospice care means that we must be in a position to respond in an appropriate and timely manner at all times. Hospices across the country are more reliant now than ever on the generosity and goodwill or our wonderful supporters and volunteers.”
To donate or volunteer, please visit www.sunflowerdays.ie.
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