On these days, people will be able to support their local hospice service by purchasing various pieces of Sunflower merchandise including sunflower pins or sunflower seeds for €2 each from collectors on the streets of cities, towns and villages across Ireland.
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Make every step count for hospice care this September by walking the Camino de Santiago with actress Katherine Lynch in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF).
The Leitrim-native will walk the scenic coasts of Portugal and northern Spain to support hospice care and IHF programmes such as Nurses for Night Care and Hospice Friendly Hospital Programme (HFH).
Katherine’s idonate link if you wish to support is here.
The IHF event takes place from September 24th to 1st October taking in beaches, rolling hills and gentle, flat paths with walking distances of approximately 20km daily. This section of the Camino is located in the region of Galicia – a region also known as the ‘Ireland of Spain’.
Helen McVeigh, IHF Director of Fundraising, commented: “By stepping out on the Camino you are embarking on a personal challenge but also supporting people nationwide who are facing death or bereavement. Our vision is for no one to face these difficult times without the care and support they need. This is your chance to make every step matter.
Katherine is an amazing ambassador and we’re delighted to have such a high profile personality leading the way. Nurses for Night Care service provided 2,027 nights of care in 2016 and helped 600 families. 48 hospitals have been involved in our HFH programme since it was founded 10 years ago.”
Flights, accommodation and full board are included and full details can be found here or by calling 01 6793188.
Former public servant and economist TK Whitaker who died last night was a great hospice ambassador and a man who contributed so much to The Irish Hospice Foundation.
The economist was Chairman of the Fellows of the Foundation and speaking at the launch of The Irish Hospice Foundation in April 1986 he said:
“I am particularly pleased to have an opportunity of making a few remarks at today’s launch of the Hospice Foundation because I have had for many years unbounded admiration for the work here and elsewhere under the auspices of the Irish Sisters of Charity.”
“More than 1500 people die of cancer every year in the area of the Eastern Health Board and of those only about one in four can be cared for in the hospice. In the hospice they can die free of pain, whereas one in three to one in five of those who do not receive such specialised care may suffer severe and unrelieved pain,” stated Mr Whitaker in his below speech from 30 years ago.
The Irish Hospice Foundation wishes to thank Mr Whitaker for all his kind help throughout his 100 years and for highlighting the need for hospice care so “the last weeks of the terminally ill can be made so happy and cheerful.”
Pictured is IHF Founder Dr Mary Redmond, Sr. Francis Rose O’Flynn and T.K. Whitaker