Foyle Hospice take on famous Ice Bucket Challenge

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  • by Ciara McGinley

On Wednesday afternoon staff at the Foyle Hospice undertook the famous Ice Bucket Challenge.

Staff agreed to the challenge following a nomination from patient Paul Loughery, who regularly attends their Day Care Unit.

Paul, like many others who visit the Unit weekly, benefits greatly from the facilities the Hospice provide for those patients living at home who attend their Day Hospice.

At the Day Care Unit patients have the opportunity to spend time in a safe and friendly environment with specially trained nurses and dedicated volunteers.

They have the opportunity to participate in Arts and Creative therapies, relaxation activities, nursing procedures, beauty treatments and hair treatments. The unit also offers chiropody, bathing facilities, hearing support and support for families and carers.

Paul was very keen for staff to take on the challenge that has become an Internet sensation with thousands of videos circling the web this summer, and to raise funds to ensure these facilities continue to be provided.

The staff at fundraising, Ciaran McGinley and Rachel Bruce, took one for the team, taking the challenge first and nominating Day Care nurses Julia McIvor, Teresa McGowan, Donna McFadden, Edel Crossan and voulnteer Nona Kelly.

Following their bravery and success, staff from the Administration Office Terri Sythes and Bernadette Wilkinson completed the challenge. Dr. Colum Farrelly , Chaplin Rev. Paul Gallucci, Cleaner Declan Harkin and Head Chief Bill Duncan also got involved.

Patients gathered to watch staff take on the challenge, in the Hospice’s gardens, as buckets of ice and water were poured over the staff..

Noel McMonagle, Community Fundraising Manager at Foyle Hospice, said that staff were “delighted” to undertake the challenge laid down by the patients, and finally after several of his own nominations, he took on the challenge himself alongside volunteer Doreen Fleming.

He added that all money raised will allow the “dedicated staff and volunteers to continue to provide ongoing palliative care services for patients with cancer and other life limiting illnesses.

“It will help to provide support for families and loved ones and to ensure that we can continue to provide the facilities offered at our Day Care Unit.”

The Foyle Hospice staff have nominated Radio Foyle presenter Mark Patterson and politicians Martin McGuinness, Gregory Campbell, William Hay and Health Minister Edwin Poots for the challenge.

Noel further encouraged anyone else who wishes to get involved to do so, to nominate their family and friends and to donate to the Foyle Hospice.

The Ice Bucket Challenge is believed to have first originated in mid-2013, However over the summer months it has become extremely popular on social media raising awareness for charity.

If you would like to do the Ice Bucket Challenge for the your local hospice or donate to the Foyle Hospice you can do so by texting ICEF14 followed by £3 to 70070.

The Derry Journal was there to record the challenge on video.

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