Seeking Support for Friday’s Sunflower Day in Castleisland

Hospice patron and RTÉ presenter, Mary Kennedy inset against a backdrop of a piece of felting titled Sunflowers and created by the family of Martyn Bell who has given classes in the medium at Castleisland Library in recent years. ©Photographs: John Reidy

This Friday, June 8th is National Sunflower Day. Volunteers and members of the Castleisland branch of the Kerry Hospice Foundation will be collecting in Castleisland and your support would be appreciated.

All proceeds of the collection will remain in Kerry and will go directly towards the on going running costs of the in-patient unit at University Hospital Kerry in Tralee.

Specialist Palliative Care

Hospice Sunflower Days is one of the leading national fundraisers in Ireland for voluntary hospice and specialist palliative home care services.

This year marks 28th anniversary of the introduction of the Hospice Sunflower Days.

Thousands of volunteers will be selling Sunflower Days products and taking donations in villages, towns and cities across the country. As always, every euro that is raised locally, stays locally.

Much Needed Funds

The aim of Hospice Sunflower Days is to raise the much needed funds to provide vital services; person centred, holistic and loving care to patients and their loved ones.

The use of funds that are raised varies and depends on the greatest needs of your local service.

Public support is needed to ensure that specialist palliative care can be provided across the country. You can support the service by buying Sunflower Days items in Castleisland tomorrow, Friday, June 8th or by volunteering on the day.

For more information on the Kerry Hospice Foundation please click here:


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