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