Mary Kennedy ambassador for Irish Hospice Sunflower Day, on Friday June 8 in Laois
Laois Hospice Foundation is asking everyone in the county and surrounding areas to support Hospice Sunflower Day next Friday June 9.
The public are being asked to either buy a sunflower or volunteer an hour of their time to help sell sunflowers in their local areas.
Hospice Sunflower Day is a major source of income for Laois Hospice, a totally voluntary organisation which provides professional palliative care to individuals and support to their families, in Laois and surrounding areas.
Seamus O’Donoghue is Chairman of Laois Hospice Foundation.
“We in Laois Hospice are reliant on our community to help maintain and expand hospice services in Laois. The numbers seeking hospice care are increasing and we are determined to be there for as many people as possible and with your support, we can ensure that they are not affected by any government cutbacks," he said.
Volunteers are essential to the day's success.
"The hospice movement in Ireland has been built on the back of volunteers. Hospice Sunflower Days provide essential funding to these services. The success of these fundraising days depends on volunteers taking time out of their busy schedule to sell Sunflowers in the local areas," Mr O'Donoghue said.
"By supporting Sunflower Day you will play a vital role in efforts to bring comfort and dignity to people who need hospice care," he said.
To volunteer an hour on Friday 8th June for Sunflower Day, contact Mary Delaney, Secretary Laois Hospice Foundation at 086 8157280.