For John Spencer, huband of Jeanette Spencer
For John Spencer, huband of Jeanette Spencer
For Finnbarr O’Halloran, Dad of Grace Madigan
This year’s Rose of Tralee, Elysha Brennan, is urging families to spread some festive cheer this Christmas by feeding a packet of The Irish Hospice Foundation’s Reindeer Food to Santa’s hungry troop.
Reindeer Food is on sale for €2 in LloydsPharmacy and MACE stores around Ireland in the run up to Christmas, with all proceeds going to support the work of The Irish Hospice Foundation.
Boys and girls can sprinkle this special mixture of oats and magic in their garden to guide Santa to their home on Christmas Eve. While Santa is busy popping down the chimney the hungry reindeer can enjoy their tasty snack.
Launching Reindeer Food, Rose of Tralee Elysha Brennan said, “This magical reindeer food does much more than guide Rudolf and the team to homes on Christmas Eve, the money raised supports the vital work of The Irish Hospice Foundation. As a medical student I am learning about all aspects of health care, including the importance of good care at end of life.
“I encourage the young, and young at heart, to pick up some magical Reindeer Food this Christmas to support Santa on his way and The Irish Hospice Foundation in its ongoing journey to ensure the people of Ireland have the best care at end of life.”
The Irish Hospice Foundation is a national charity dedicated to all matters relating to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland. The IHF receives no core state funding and therefore relies on the generosity of donations to support its work, including:
CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation Sharon Foley said, “We believe that no one should face death or bereavement without the care and support they need. By buying a packet of Reindeer Food this Christmas, you are helping us to achieve our mission.”
For Ratko Maletkovic, brother of Maja Maletkovic
For Nana, Grandmother of Chad Gilmer
For Nicholas Fewer, Husband of Maria Fewer
'There is not a day that goes by where I do not at some point think of you and if I had a thousand wishes I would use them all to bring you back. Missing you.'
RTE broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan is urging people to make this a Christmas to remember by supporting The Irish Hospice Foundation’s (IHF) Never Forgotten Appeal.
Every year 29,000 people in Ireland die and on average ten people are directly affected by a death. That equates to 290,000 people who will be experiencing the pain of loss this festive season.
This unique appeal invites those who are bereaved to record a message to their loved ones at www.neverforgotten.ie, and to make an online donation to support the work of the IHF. The messages of remembrance will be posted online and handwritten into a special Book of Remembrance which will then be on display in the IHF library throughout 2016.
This year Miriam O’ Callaghan will be leaving a special tribute to her sister Ann and father Jerry in the 2016 Book of Remembrance. Launching the appeal today (November 9th) in Buswells Hotel Miriam said, “There are very few of us untouched by loss or tragedy. I and my family had the heartache of losing my precious sister Anne, who left behind her husband and two young children, and of course I think of her and my late father Jerry as the family gathers together for Christmas. It can be hard to enjoy the festivities when someone important is missing, but by remembering them we ensure they are still at the heart of our Christmas celebrations each year.
“I am urging you to remember someone you love this Christmas and by doing so support the vital work of The Irish Hospice Foundation as they help those nearing death or those suffering from bereavement.”
The Irish Hospice Foundation receives no core funding from the State and therefore relies on the generosity of donations to fund many services. Its work includes:
IHF CEO, Sharon Foley, said at the launch of today’s appeal: “Grief is difficult all year round but special occasions like Christmas can be particularly hard for those who are bereaved. Let’s cherish the memories of our loved ones who are deceased by making this a Christmas to remember. Reminisce and ensure that the person you hold so dear lives on in your heart and mind for years to come.
“Our Never Forgotten Appeal is one way in which you can honour a loved one who has passed away. Last year we received many touching messages – all of which were handwritten into our 2015 Book of Remembrance which is currently on display in our beautiful Therese Brady library. I was proud to share my own personal message last year and will be supporting the campaign again this year. I am inviting you to remember your loved ones and by doing so you can make a real difference to others at end of life or those left bereaved. For each of us there is only one chance in life for a good death. We are striving for the best care at end of life but we can’t do it without your support.”
Visit www.neverforgotten.ie to make a vital donation in memory of the one you love.