Rugby Stars Due at Palliative Care Dance

Ellen Lynch is one of the driving forces behind Saturday night's Palliative Care fundraising dance. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Ellen Lynch is one of the driving forces behind Saturday night’s Palliative Care fundraising dance. ©Photograph: John Reidy

A Fundraising Dance in aid of the Palliative Care Unit at Kerry General Hospital will be held at the River Island Hotel, Castleisland on this Saturday night, April 18th from 9pm.
Tickets are: €10 each and music is by J&K Country. There will be raffles and spotprizes.
There’s a rumor that departing Munster Rugby star, JJ Hanrahan and ‘Some Irish Lady Rugby Stars’ will also attend. “It’s going to be a great night of fun and dancing,” according to the poster and the promoter, Ellen Lynch.

Bernard Collins – his endorsement of the ‘Angels’ in the Palliative Care Unit is a powerful rallying call. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Best Endorsement
The best endorsement for Palliative Care at Kerry General Hospital came in the form of a post at the end of last November by North & East Kerry Development chairman, Bernard Collins.
Bernard is living with cancer and his post told of his battles at the time – which he’s still facing with great spirit.
His sense of generosity and expression of gratitude to those tasked with caring for him shows the depth of that spirit. Bernard’s post dealt with members of the Kerry Hospice Foundation Palliative Care Unit – whom he called ‘Angels’ for the care and dedication to duty they showed him and his fellow patients.

Caring for People
“A few months ago If you ask me about Hospice and Palliative care I simply would have said they do great work in caring for people, and left it at that.   It’s amazing what one learns and sees when the one becomes a user of these services. I am sitting beside my new friends in a palliative care unit and we are all living with cancer and other diseases.
The kindness and gentleness shown to me and everyone each day I am here for treatment and pampering from the nurses, carers and doctors is indescribable.

Caring Personified

These are not random acts.  This is kindness, gentleness and caring personified. They have taken that dreadful pain away from all and made us feel comfortable and loved by strangers. They have a wonderful way of making one feel that no one else matters and that you are so important.
If someone asks me do I believe in angels I would have to say yes, but they are human, these people wear wings on their hearts every day of their lives. I would like to say thank you to all of them, you have restored my faith in humanity.” – Bernard Collins 24-11-2014
What Bernard put his heart and soul into describing in that post is what the fundraising dance on Saturday night is for.
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