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Locals Receive ‘Hospice Sunflower Hero’ Awards

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Locals Receive ‘Hospice Sunflower Hero’ Awards thumbnailMary Callanan, Bouladuff, Thurles with her ‘Sunflower Hospice Hero’ award for her dedication and contribution to North Tipperary Hospice. MT22660JOC

BRIAN Colclough from Roscrea and Mary Callanan from Bouladuff have been awarded a 'Sunflower Hospice Hero' for their outstanding dedication to North Tipperary Hospice, Roscrea and Thurles branches respectively.
Brian and Mary, mother of renowned Tipp  hurler Seamus Callanan, and described as 'one in a million', were among 23 volunteers across the country recognised for their contribution to hospice care during the national launch of Hospice Sunflower Days. This annual fundraiser for the hospice movement in Ireland is taking place on Friday, June 9th and Saturday, June 10th. It is hoped €1million will be raised.
The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) co-ordinates the event on behalf of the hospice movement including North Tipperary Hospice. All funds raised locally, stay locally.
 A spokesperson for the North Tipperary Hospice Roscrea branch said: 'We have nominated Brian as our Sunflower Hero for his outstanding help to hospice in the Roscrea area and for being a steadfast supporter. Brian is always willing to come on board and is a well-known and respected businessman in Roscrea Town. People know him well from Bernie's Supervalu. Involved for many years, Brian offers his time and support during fundraising events and we would like to thank him for his ongoing kindness.'
A spokesperson for North Tipperary Hospice said: 'Mary is one of the kindest, most generous, most pleasant people you could meet. She has a fantastic personality with the most infectious laugh. She is well known to make people happy by just being in her company. Among her many, many gifts and talents is her ability to accept people as they are and she never ever has a bad word to say about anyone.
'Mary has been involved in North Tipperary Hospice since it was founded back in 1990. She involved herself in a sub-committee at that time working tirelessly fundraising. She has never relented from being involved and is now on the board of North Tipp Hospice. Mary is one of the founding members of Suir Haven Cancer Support Centre and is totally committed to the successful running of that centre.
'Mary is the most unselfish, willing and active fundraiser one could imagine. She has never been heard to say no to attend any function involving North Tipperary Hospice. She is just one in a million with no job too big or too small. Mary's dad Jim died of cancer many years previous to having any home care services.'
 A national survey commissioned by the IHF revealed that 75% of Irish people want to die at home - however only one in four get to do so. This is where Sunflower Days funds will help with the provision of hospice services in your area.
People can support their local hospice service on June 9th and 10th by purchasing various pieces of Sunflower merchandise - including sunflower pins for €2 each from collectors on the streets of cities, towns and villages across Ireland. For more information on how to volunteer with your local hospice service for Hospice Sunflower Days visit www.sunflowerdays.ie .

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