Padraig swings by to offer hospice his support in 'Light up a Life' event
BIG-hearted Padraig Harrington yesterday lent a helping hand to Our Lady's Hospice in Harold's Cross, Dublin.
The golfing star (pictured with Sr Agnes) was the special guest at the hospice's annual 'Light up a Life' ceremony and turned on a giant Christmas tree to launch the event.
Every Christmas, the tree outside Our Lady's Hospice is adorned with thousands of sparkling lights -- each light shining in honour of those who have been in its care.
The event began in 1992 and last year €500,000 in vital funds were raised for the hospice as 50,000 people were remembered through lights sponsored in their name. Yesterday, Mo Flynn, chief executive of the hospice, said more than 4,000 people turned out for this year's ceremony.
"It is a real opportunity for people to feel supported by others and get through the pain they feel at Christmas," she said.
A carol service featuring the CIE Male Voice Choir and the Palestrina Choir provided entertainment, while Cuisine de France staff served complementary mince pies and muffins. Harrington attended the event with his wife and two children. The event is the second he has participated in to raise funds for the hospice.