Walk with the Purple and Red Ladies this weekend

Walk with the Purple and Red Ladies this weekend
Matt Britton matt.britton@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

This weekend Donegal town and its environs will adapt a mantle of purple and red as a very special fundraiser takes place for a very worthy cause.

The Hospice is a very special place where each and every family may experience at some stage in their lives - be it a friend, a relative or just someone very close.

Four very enterprising ladies in Donegal Town have been raising awareness of the Hospice in Donegal Town and the invaluable service and care that it provides

Julie Voss, Phyl O’Sullivan, Margaret Murphy and Roberta Gillen have organised a Purple and Red Family Walk on Sunday next and are encouraging everyone to come along dressed in purple and red to show their support.

Their vision is to raise funds for the refurbishment the two hospice wards and family rooms creating a home from home environment for the patients and their families and friends.

The money raised will go directly to the actual work and ringfenced for the Community Hospital in Donegal Town and will be supervised by the ladies in consultation with the hospice management and staff.

The whole concept has been based on the poem by Jenny Joseph called Warning in which the narrator describes how, when she is old and grey, she will wear purple with a red hat.

Julie Voss told the Democrat, “We have had a great response to date, the public and all the businesses have been very generous.

“We will be holding a Bring and Buy Handbag and Jewellery Sale on the Diamond on Saturday as well as also doing the registration for Sunday’s walk.

“Our family walk will include the creation of a Thought Tree outside Donegal Hospital with free refreshments . The walk will leave the hospital at 2.00 pm so get those glad rags on and wear your purple and red in support of a truly great cause.”

Pictured: The Purple and Red ladies, Julie Voss, Phyll O'Sullivan, Margaret Murphy and Roberta Gillen all set for their fundraising activities this weekend. INDD 0109 Purple 1 MVB