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Saturday 20 September 2014

Mary helps sunflower appeal bloom

Published 09/05/2013 | 05:00

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Mary Kennedy
Mary Kennedy
Patrick O'Farrell with twin sister Keelin at the launch of the
Irish Hospice Foundation’s Sunflower Days appeal
Patrick O'Farrell with twin sister Keelin at the launch of the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Sunflower Days appeal

WHEN RTE star Mary Kennedy's mother died in hospital 12 years ago, the care and compassion she received made her aware of the importance of a good death.

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The 'Nationwide' presenter said the mark of a civilised society is how we treat people at their most vulnerable, adding that the end of life is one of those crucial points.

"My mother did not have the benefit of hospice care – but she was treated so well and in such a holistic way with dignity, compassion and love," she said.

She was launching the Hospice Sunflower Days appeal, which will take place over June 14 and 15, with some hospices holding a single Sunflower Day on either of those dates.

Hospice Sunflower Days are one of the most popular national fundraising events in Ireland each year and is a major source of income for hospices and voluntary hospice groups. The all-island fundraising event is now in its 23rd year.

Over the two days, thousands of volunteers across the country will sell a range of items ranging from sunflower pins to nail files.

The aim is to raise €1 million to support local hospice services.

Everything raised locally stays locally, and the use of the funds will depend on the particular local need.

In some areas, it will fund home-care services while in others, it will be invested in the hospice.

Irish Independent

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