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Thursday 28 August 2014

Flower power for hospices

Louise Hogan

Published 06/06/2014 | 02:30

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Five year old Saoirse Martin from Blessington, Co Wicklow and RTE's Mary Kennedy at the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) announcement  that the national Hospice Sunflower Days collection, for local hospice services, will take place on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th June. 
Photo: Peter Houlihan / Fennells
Five year old Saoirse Martin from Blessington, Co Wicklow and RTE's Mary Kennedy at the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) announcement that the national Hospice Sunflower Days collection, for local hospice services, will take place on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th June. Photo: Peter Houlihan / Fennells

THOUSANDS of volunteers will take to the streets today and tomorrow armed with sunflower pins and seeds for the Hospice Sunflower Days to help raise funds to ensure good end-of-life care in communities.

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Sharon Foley, chief executive of the Irish Hospice Foundation, said Ireland needs a national strategy to ensure every person dies in comfort and dignity.

"It is time we broke the silence about dying. A national palliative care and end-of-life and bereavement strategy can put the needs of the dying higher up our healthcare agenda," said Ms Foley. Details at www.sunflowerdays.ie

Irish Independent

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