Today is Kerry Hospice Sunflower Day in Castleisland

Trish Healy busily volunteering for the Kerry Hospice Foundation Sunflower Day in Castleisland this morning. Photograph: Liz Galwey
Trish Healy busily volunteering for the Kerry Hospice Foundation Sunflower Day in Castleisland this morning. Photograph: Liz Galwey

Today, Friday, June 9th. is the annual Hospice Sunflower Day in Castleisland and volunteers will be collecting in the area.

All of the funds collected go directly to the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

The Suimhneas Centre, located at Kerry University Hospital, is described as ‘a fantastic facility’ and the in-patients unit which is currently under construction at a cost of €6.5 million will be a huge asset to Kerry.

Committed Fundraisers

However, the Kerry Hospice Foundation is committed to to raising half a million euros per year for the first five years once the centre is opened so support is much needed and appreciated.

With a keen awareness of the abuses and often fraud implications with in some Irish charities in recent years, the foundation points out its strictly voluntary status.

“We are the only ‘Cancer Charity’ in Ireland which doesn’t pay people to act on its behalf. We’re all volunteers and we’re anxious to get that point across,” said one committed activist.

Where Does the Money Go?

In a statement, the foundation details exactly where the funds collected on the streets by its volunteers or through donations from supporters are spent.

“Due to the adverse publicity in ‘the papers’ recently, it is important to note that the Kerry Hospice Foundation is a completely voluntary organisation.”

Money collected on behalf of the Kerry Hospice Foundation goes to the following areas.

1.Refurbishing rooms in the community hospitals.

2.Specialist palliative care medicines.

3.Patients, who need palliative care, stay in designated nursing homes, and community hospitals.

4.Palliative Care equipment, aids and appliances.

5.Extra financial support for patients and their families.

6.On-going education of Nurse Specialists in Palliative Care.

7.Extra nursing care, including night nurses and out of hour nursing.

8.Construction of our Specialist Palliative Day Care Unit.

9.The construction of the new in Patient Palliative Unit which will be opened in 2015.

10.There is a commitment to donate significant financial support towards the running of the new unit for a period of five years.

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