‘The Hospice needs a bus and they need it immediately.’
These are the words of a Derry pensioner spearheading a campaign to secure a new minibus for the Foyle Hospice.
Renee Kelly comes to the day unit of the Foyle Hospice every Thursday.
And she wants the people of Derry to get behind an online voting campaign to secure £25,000 for a new bus for the charity.
The Foyle Hospice’s bus recently broke down and has been put off the road as repairs would cost more than it would to replace the vehicle.
The charity is now competing for funding on the Aviva Community page to secure £25,000 to replace the bus.
“The bus is needed in the community as it serves all class and cultures,” said Renee.
“With the Foyle Hospice bus off the road they have to pay for another bus to come and collect me on a Thursday. I am bed ridden and the bus is vital to me as I come on a Thursday to pampering day.
“We have tea and coffee when we arrive and a wonderful woman called Beth Hutton gets us involved in all of the activities. We have done flower arranging and Christmas and Easter crafts.
“Sister Anne comes to give us Communion.
“You can get your hair done, have reflexology and relaxation in the evenings.
“Thursdays are important to me because it is one day when I get out of the house and bed. “
Last year Renee suffered a heart attack which left her on oxygen 24 hours a day.
“Going to the hospice is great because I get to meet so many other people with health problems,” she said. “The nurses are so good and look after us so well. We have a four course dinners and afternoon tea. It is just lovely to be able to look out at the wonderful gardens and at the view and enjoy the sunshine.
“I don’t do the Internet but I would ask anybody who has a computer to go on it and vote for the Foyle Hospice. “
Foyle Hospice CEO Donall Henderson said, “The minibus is an extremely important vehicle used for the transport of patients from the local community, and particularly rural areas, who would otherwise be unable to avail of the services provided at Foyle Hospice”.
To vote for the Foyle Hospice minibus log on to www.community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/2203/
Register your email address and GET VOTING! You can vote 10 times per email and voting closes on May 30.