Hospice hearts for 30th anniversary

Group pictured at the 30th anniversary celebrations of the Foyle Hospice on Wednesday afternoon. Front, clockwise, Hannah Healy, Homecare Nurse; Giles Doherty, Volunteer; Dr Tom McGinley, Founder; Donna McFadden, Staff Nurse; Julia McIvor, Day Therapy Nurse Manager'; Donall Henderson, Chief Executive; Paul McIvor, Medical Director; Sharon Williams, Volunteer Co-ordinator; Ailbhe Temple, Fundraising; Yvonne Martin, Director of Nursing; Michael McCafferty, Chairman; Terri Sythes, Administration Service Manager; Ciaran McGinley, Head of Fundraising; Teresa McGowan, Staff Nurse; and Rosemary Peoples, Retired Matron. DER0615MC036

Group pictured at the 30th anniversary celebrations of the Foyle Hospice on Wednesday afternoon. Front, clockwise, Hannah Healy, Homecare Nurse; Giles Doherty, Volunteer; Dr Tom McGinley, Founder; Donna McFadden, Staff Nurse; Julia McIvor, Day Therapy Nurse Manager'; Donall Henderson, Chief Executive; Paul McIvor, Medical Director; Sharon Williams, Volunteer Co-ordinator; Ailbhe Temple, Fundraising; Yvonne Martin, Director of Nursing; Michael McCafferty, Chairman; Terri Sythes, Administration Service Manager; Ciaran McGinley, Head of Fundraising; Teresa McGowan, Staff Nurse; and Rosemary Peoples, Retired Matron. DER0615MC036

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A number of events will take place in the city this year as the Foyle Hospice marks its thirtieth year.

The Foyle Hospice will adopt a “Hospice Heart” theme, encouraging people to embrace their local hospice and thanking the local community for their continued support.

Hannah Healy and Rosemary Peoples, who were the first two nurses established in the home care team The Home Care service was established in 1985 attended the launch on Wednesday with founder Dr Tom McGinley.

The annual costs at Foyle Hospice amount to £2.9 million and only 20% of this is funded through HSCB. Therefore, Foyle Hospice continues to rely on the good will and generosity of the local community to help raise almost £2.3 million every year.

This 30th anniversary year will see Foyle Hospice celebrate through a programme of events which are aimed at promoting greater awareness of life limiting illnesses.

Speaking at the launch, Donall Henderson, CEO said, “The Hospice Heart campaign is how we propose to celebrate our 30th anniversary and we felt that it was appropriate to launch our 30th Anniversary Hospice Heart initiative in the lead up to Valentine’s Day. We hope that it gives people an opportunity to demonstrate how important Foyle Hospice is to them through getting involved in the work of Foyle Hospice. We are inviting people to subscribe to the ethos of hospice and palliative care, by offering their support whether by simply making a donation, offering even just a few hours a week volunteering, purchasing items from one of our five shops or participating in one of our many events that take place. We recognise the overwhelming support that Foyle Hospice already receives from the local community and hope that this will continue in what we regard as a very special commemorative year that celebrates every patient and family member who has used the service, every staff member, every volunteer and every single person that has supported Foyle Hospice since its inception.”

Ciaran McGinley, Head of Fundraising said, “ We are really excited about those events planned for the coming year which include a £30K challenge, Balloon Race, Vintage Ladies Lunch and Fashion Show, a commemorative 30th anniversary calendar and a Diamonds and Pearls 30th Anniversary Gala Ball. We are also working on the development of some interesting projects which will involve both primary and secondary schools. Our Patron, Bronagh Gallagher also plans to launch her new album in the city later this year with a gala concert and has very kindly agreed that all proceeds from that event will go to Foyle Hospice.”

In this very special year, Foyle Hospice is also asking local schools and businesses to consider Foyle Hospice as their nominated charity of the year and perhaps raise funds through their customers and staff by encouraging them to become involved in making contributions or participating in events. Our staff will also be delighted to discuss sponsorship and volunteering opportunities, provide information on fundraising ideas or give a presentation to management and staff that might want to consider supporting this very worthwhile local charity. If you think you would like to help in any way please contact Foyle Hospice by telephone 028 71351010 and ask to speak with the Community Fundraising Team or the Volunteer Co-ordinator.