Maurice and Larry on the Run for Hospice Fund

Maurice O'Connor and Larry Hickey Hospice Cheque 26/05/2017
At the presentation of the cheque on Friday are from left: Aine Moriarty, Palliative Care Nurse Manager; Larry Hickey, An Ríocht AC; Ted Moynihan, Kerry Person of the Year, and Chairman of Kerry Hospice Foundation; Maurice O’Connor, An Ríocht AC and Mary Shanahan, Kerry Hospice Foundation.

An Ríocht Athletic Club members, Maurice O’Connor and Larry Hickey ran the Limerick Half Marathon earlier in the year in memory of Maurice’s father, the late Mick Parick O’Connor of Scartaglin.

The two friends and running partners along with Larry’s wife, Marie are familiar figures around the roads of Castleisland in training or serious competition runs.

Raised €2,658.20 for Hospice

Maurice and Larry raised a fantastic amount of money from their efforts and they presented a cheque for €2,658.20 to the Kerry Hospice/ Palliative Care Centre in Tralee.

The recently conferred Kerry Person of the Year, Ted Moynihan, chairman of the Kerry Hospice Foundation accepted the donation.

Mr. Moynihan praised and thanked the friends for their consideration and dedication.

The late  Michael (Mick Parick) O'Connor was the inspiration for the fundraiser by Maurice and Larry. ©Photograph: John Reidy
The late Michael (Mick Parick) O’Connor was the inspiration for the fundraiser by Maurice and Larry. ©Photograph: John Reidy

He said that the money will go towards the new Palliative Care building consisting of 15 en-suite rooms which will be opened this September.

Kerry Hospice Foundation Mission

The mission of the Kerry Hospice Foundation in partnership with the HSE, is to provide palliative care and support patients who are living with an advancing illness in Kerry.

Care is provided when and wher the patient needs it.

It is provided by the specialist Palliative Care team which is based in the Palliative Care Unit Suimhneas Centre attached to University Hospital Kerry.

500 New Cases Each Year

The team works in partnership with the community and hospital-based teams.

There are more than 500 new cases of cancer in Kerry each year. One person in thirty will develop bowel cancer, the same number will suffer from lung cancer.

Breast cancer affects one in twelve women, and prostate cancer one in twenty men.

Since 1990 the Kerry Hospice Foundation has been involved in leading planning and organising the development of Palliative Care Services in Kerry in Partnership with the Health Service Executive.

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