Pictured at the launch of the campaign was long-time Hospice Sunflower Days Ambassador, Mary Kennedy with Lily Houlihan from Wicklow and Sophia Stapleton from Roscommon. Photo: Justin Farrelly
On Friday 9th and Saturday 10th June, volunteers will be selling sunflower merchandise to raise vital funds for Milford Care Centre through Hospice Sunflower Days
Together for Hospice, The National Hospice Movement, is delighted to announce that Hospice Sunflower Days is returning for its 33rd year with 19 hospices throughout the country taking part in the on-street collection on Friday 9th June and Saturday 10th June 2023.
This year’s campaign was launched by Hospice Sunflower Days Ambassador, Mary Kennedy. On hand to support the launch were Virgin Media presenters; Karen Koster, Martin King and Deric Hartigan.
As well as the on-street collection, there is also an opportunity once again for the public to support their chosen hospice or homecare service online. The virtual sunflower garden is open from the 11th May until the end of June, you can sponsor a virtual sunflower ‘in memory’ of a loved one.
Every euro raised locally, stays locally and supporters donating online will be able to select which hospice they wish to support from a dropdown menu so they can rest assured their donation will go directly to their preferred hospice service.
Hospices and specialist palliative homecare services throughout the country provide free-of-charge care and support to those living with a life-limiting illness, while also offering assistance to the patient’s family members. The Hospice Sunflower Days campaign aims to raise vital funds to allow these hospices and specialist homecare services to continue to provide their essential personal care in either specialist units in the hospice or in a patient’s own home. Funding from the 2023 campaign will be used to help upgrade hospice and homecare facilities, purchase new equipment and fund local hospice services.
Speaking about the launch of the 2023 Hospice Sunflower Days campaign, Mary O’Brien, Chief Executive, Milford Care Centre, said, “We are delighted to launch our 33rd Hospice Sunflower Days campaign. On Friday 9th and Saturday 10th June, volunteers will be selling sunflower merchandise to raise vital funds. We are calling on everyone to mark Hospice Sunflower Days this year by supporting on-street or online at www.sunflowerdays.ie and donating what you can to help Milford Care Centre.”
Hospice Sunflower Days Ambassador, Mary Kennedy, also commented, “The Hospice Sunflower Days campaign is one that is very close to my heart, and I am delighted once again to offer my support to help raise the vital funds required to allow hospices and homecare services throughout Ireland to continue to provide their palliative care services and support.
Together we really can make a difference by donating on-street on the 9th and 10th of June or online during the month of June via the Virtual Sunflower Remembrance Garden. And remember, every euro raised locally, stays locally, so you truly are supporting your local hospice by donating on-street or online during Hospice Sunflower Days.”
You can support your local hospice or homecare service by donating to the on-street volunteers on Friday 9 th or Saturday 10 th June.
You can sponsor a virtual sunflower ‘in memory’ of a loved one at here
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