The hospice movement in Ireland is calling on the public to support their local hospice and give generously on Hospice Sunflower Days next month.
The national Hospice Sunflower Days collection for local hospice services takes place on Friday, 14th June and Saturday, 15th June.
People can support their local hospice service by purchasing various pieces of Sunflower merchandise including sunflower pins or sunflower seeds for €2 each from collectors on the streets of cities, towns and villages around the country.
Hospice Sunflower Days is a major source of income for hospices and voluntary hospice groups countrywide. The Irish Hospice Foundation coordinates the event on behalf of the hospice movement but all of the funds raised locally, stay locally.
There is an urgent need for volunteers to sell sunflower pins and anyone who has a few hours to spare on June the 14th or 15th is asked to please check on www.sunflowerdays.ie for further details on how to volunteer.
Launching Hospice Sunflower Days, Mary Kennedy remarked: “Hospice care in Ireland is a real grassroots movement as communities endeavour to ensure that local services are in place when their loved ones, friends and neighbours are at their most vulnerable. Hospice Sunflower Days is an opportunity for people to contribute to that endeavour. We hope that people will use Sunflower Days as an opportunity to volunteer for local collections or to make a much needed donation to their local service.”
Hospice or palliative care involves the total care of patients and their families at the stage in a serious illness, where the focus has switched from treatment aimed at cure to ensuring quality of life. About 29,000 people die annually in Ireland and over 6,000 people use hospice services every year.
International studies have shown that patients using hospice services consume at least 25% fewer medical resources than those who access “usual care.” This saving is linked to the fact that many palliative care patients are cared for and die at home and they use much less acute hospital services. Hospice patients also live longer and in greater comfort and dignity.
For more information and to volunteer with your local hospice service for Hospice Sunflower Days visit www.sunflowerdays.ie