Thursday 17 April 2014

'Day-Lewis effect' helps hospice hit €3m target

Daniel Day-Lewis, Patron- Wicklow hospice foundation pictured at site of for the new hospice.
Pic:Mark Condren
Daniel Day-Lewis, Patron of the Wicklow hospice foundation pictured at site of for the new hospice. Photo:Mark Condren

THE Wicklow Hospice Foundation will reach its €3m target in the coming weeks, thanks to the Daniel Day-Lewis effect.

The Hollywood actor held the European premiere of his Oscar-winning film 'Lincoln' in Dublin last January and as a result the hospice has almost reached the necessary amount to fund the new centre at Magheramore beach in Co Wicklow.

Day-Lewis is patron of the hospice, a similar facility to the 'Cottage Hospital' where his mother died in the UK after she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

More than €250,000 was raised from the star-studded banquet held at the Burlington Hotel last year, which was attended by Day-Lewis, fellow actor Sally Field, and 'Lincoln' director, Steven Spielberg.

"The premiere gave us a real shot in the arm and boosted our profile, putting a county organisation on to the national stage," Dr Brendan Cuddihy, chairman of the Wicklow Hospice Foundation, told the Irish Independent.

"It's had a galvanising effect and a number of positives have come our way from that event. The American-Ireland Fund have taken an interest in what we're doing and have since made a generous donation, as did a number of others."

Irish Independent

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