To mark the 30th anniversary of specialist palliative care in the North West Foyle Hospice has produced its first fundraising calendar for 2016 – ‘North West Reflections’. Sharon Williams, volunteer co-ordinator at the Hospice who took the photos for the calendar explained how the calendar came about. ‘The idea for a calendar came about when we were discussing how we could mark the 30th anniversary, it was then that Yvonne Martin, Director of Nursing and I decided to take up the challenge to design and deliver the calendar.
“Not long after, on Christmas morning, my husband presented me with a camera - straight away I was out clicking, I was addicted. One of my first stops was here at the hospice on a frosty morning when I snapped the ‘Red Berries’ photo which is ‘January’. It was a lucky shot but everyone really liked it, from that point onwards I was elected as the calendar photographer! I have always admired the location of the hospice sitting quietly on the banks of the River Foyle, surrounded by beautiful manicured gardens nurtured by our team of dedicated volunteers. I knew they had great potential for the calendar and I was right as they feature in four of the months in the calendar.’
Edward Doherty, manager of the Guild Café which was one of the calendar sponsors, congratulated Foyle Hospice on this new fundraising initiative.
‘The calendar is a great product and it is keenly priced at only £5. We were delighted to sponsor it particularly as all the proceeds are going to patient care – we wish the hospice every success with sales’.
Another sponsore, local businessman Ian Crowe, managing director of CPC Office Supplies Ltd also commended the calendar.
“I thought a local calendar as a fundraiser was a great idea and therefore was more than happy to support it by sponsoring June.’
Thanking the sponsors, Yvonne Martin commented: ‘We are very grateful to the sponsors who each supported a month on the calendar to cover printing costs and to Sean Curran who donated the 30th aerial photograph. As a result, all proceeds from the calendar will go directly to patient care. The calendar has surpassed all our expectations and will make a lovely Christmas present at just £5. It is a present that will last all year and supports the provision of specialist palliative care in the North West which is provided free of charge to our patients and to their families. ’
To purchase your own copy of the calendar please contact the Hospice Fundraising Centre on (028) 71 359 888 or order online at www.foylehospice.com.
Over the past 30 years the Foyle Hospice has providedpalliative and end-of-life care for patients suffering from Cancer.
Patients with other life-limiting illnesses such as Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and COPD are also cared for.
As a registered charity, care to patients and their families is free of charge and we depend on the generosity of our local community to raise the approximate £2.8 million that is currently required annually to maintain our essential services