Longford people urged to make this a Christmas to remember by supporting the Never Forgotten Appeal

Alan Walsh

Reporter:

Alan Walsh

Longford people urged to make this a Christmas to remember by supporting the Never Forgotten Appeal

Glenda Rooney at home in Letterkenny, Donegal remembering her late husband Peter.

Glenda Rooney fondly remembers her husband Peter and is urging people to make this a Christmas to remember by supporting The Irish Hospice Foundation’s (IHF) Never Forgotten Appeal.

“I have many lovely memories of our Christmases together. Peter and I were teenage sweethearts and met at a dance when I was sixteen. Peter wasn’t the king of romance, but he was a really good husband and we had a close relationship,” said Glenda from Letterkenny, Donegal.  

“I’m very grateful for the care he got from the hospice team in his last few months; they looked after me as well as him. I remember the day, not long before Peter died when the hospice nurse put me in the bed beside him, tucked me in and put a ‘do not disturb’ sign on the door. It was the best sleep I’d had in a long time.”

Every year 29,000 people in Ireland die and on average 10 people are directly affected by a death. This means 290,000 people will experience the pain of loss this Christmas. “We have all lost someone we love and who will be dearly missed this Christmas. I am urging you to remember your special someone this Christmas and support the vital work of The IHF as they help those nearing death or suffering from bereavement,” continued Glenda.

This unique Never Forgotten Appeal invites people to write a personal message to their loved ones which is handwritten into the 2017 Book of Remembrance. People can donate online at www.neverforgotten.ie. The 2017 Book of Remembrance will be proudly displayed in the IHF library throughout next year and you are always welcome to visit.

 

IHF CEO, Sharon Foley commented: “Grief is difficult all year round but special occasions like Christmas can be particularly hard for those who are bereaved. Let’s cherish the memories of our loved ones who are deceased by making this a Christmas to remember.

“Our Never Forgotten Appeal is one way in which you can honour a loved one who has passed away. Last year we received many touching tributes and I was proud to share my own personal message. You can make a real difference with all donations going towards the work of the IHF and providing better care for those who are at end of life or bereaved,” concluded Sharon.

The IHF relies on public donations to fund services. Its work includes:

·         Funding 85% of the start-up costs of the National Children’s Palliative Care programme including Ireland’s first Paediatric Palliative Care Consultant and Children’s Outreach Nurses

·         2,475 families cared for by IHF Nurses for Night Care service over the past 30 years; equating to 7,200 nights of care

·         Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme is embedded in 48 hospitals nationwide

Go to www.neverforgotten.ie to make a vital donation in memory of the one you love.