Stars put stamp on charity cards
Famous names pen 'thank you' messages to help raise funds for hospice
SOME of Ireland's best known personalities have written personalised messages for a range of 'thank you' cards to be sold by the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF).
Featuring a range of designs created by U2 sleeve designer Steve Averill, the cards carry messages from 26 famous Irish names, from Brian Friel to Christy Moore.
Mary Millea of the IHF told the Irish Independent: "In the current economic climate, people want to give something back to the community. To say thank you. Gratitude creates a great attitude and the more you give, the more you receive back in your life."
Each of the household names involved were asked to pen a 'thank you' message for "any kindness or good deed" which had been done for them.
Although the respondents did not specify to whom they wrote, some of the messages are intensely personal.
"We asked the people involved to write their message to a parent, sibling, partner, child, friend, mentor or colleague who had made a difference in their life or the lives of loved ones. We were very moved by what we received back," said Ms Millea
"Thank you, for being you and allowing me to be me," writes author Cecilia Ahern.
Singer Christy Moore confides: "That day when you stopped and asked, 'how are you.' It meant everything, thank you."
And broadcaster Gay Byrne says: "For all the little unremembered acts of kindness and of love which I have experienced from you throughout my life, I just want to say thank you."
Going on sale next week, the cards are part of the first National Thank You Day on November 25, which will raise funds for the children's hospice homecare programme.
Around 1,369 Irish children live with life-limiting illnesses and it is estimated that somewhere between 354 and 398 children die each year before their 18th birthday.
Under a five-year programme, which has been agreed between the IHF, the Department of Health and Children and the Health Service Executive, the IHF will raise funds to develop a hospice home care service for children.