Thursday 19 April 2018

Louth Boots stores help to raise €1m

Staff and customers in Louth have led and supported fundraising

Vanessa Shiels and Rita Fanning from Louth’s Boots stores
Vanessa Shiels and Rita Fanning from Louth’s Boots stores

Olivia Ryan

Staff and customers at Boots stores in Louth have been lauded for their part in raising €1 million for the Irish Cancer Society.

Vanessa Shiels from Boots in the Marshes Shopping Centre, and Rita Fanning, Boots, Drogheda were part of the fundraising team at Boots Ireland.

The Funds raised have enabled the Irish Cancer Society to provide over 2,850 nights of nursing care

Boots Ireland has supported the Irish Cancer Society's Night Nursing service which provides end of life care allowing patients to remain in the comfort of their own home surrounded by family and loved ones.

Bernadette Lavery, Managing Director, Boots Ireland, paid tribute to the Louth staff and customers who helped raise funds towards this vital service.

'Our partnership with the Irish Cancer Society is incredibly important to us as we know how cancer can affect the lives of so many across every community in Ireland. I am incredibly thankful to all our stores and our customers, who over the past four and a half years have been the driving force to achieve this monumental goal of €1 million funds raised. I also want to thank all the Irish Cancer Society's Night Nurses for their work, which is so highly valued by cancer patients and their families, making a real difference to people's lives.'

She added: 'It is the only service of its kind for cancer patients in the country and is wholly reliant on fundraising as it receives no government funding.' Money has been raised across Louth, and nationally, through a number of initiatives including the Boots Night Walks for Night Nurses which take place annually in August, Shave or Dye events, Paint It Pink activities and numerous in-store events throughout the year.

Along with supporting the Night Nursing service, Boots has also trained their pharmacists to become qualified Boots Irish Cancer Society Information Pharmacists to help support and advise people dealing with cancer.

In addition to this, Boots Ireland regularly host cancer prevention advisor information stands in-store to ensure people affected by cancer can receive information and support in their local communities.

John McCormack, CEO, Irish Cancer Society said, 'Every year in Ireland 9,000 people die from cancer, that's one person every hour.

In 2016 our Night Nurses provided over 8,000 nights of care to 1,900 cancer patients around the country. This is crucial support for families at a very difficult time.

On behalf of the thousands of families, who use the Irish Cancer Society Night Nursing service, I want to thank all the Boots staff and their customers for helping us be there for those who need it when it really matters.'

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