Two Roscrea women, Winnie Fox and Josie O’Grady were recently honoured with Irish Pride Hospice Hero Awards at a ceremony in the Mansion House in Dublin to mark the launch of the national Sunflower Days collection for local hospice services which will take place locally on Friday, June 8th and Saturday, June 9th.All are urged to volunteer and to continue to give generously to support hospice care in their area.
All are urged to volunteer and to continue to give generously to support hospice care in their area.
Winnie Fox has supported the Roscrea Branch of the North Tipperary Hospice for the past 17 years in all kinds of ways but most particularly with her marvellous skill of cake making. Over €100,000 has been raised through the raffles and a huge amount of credit goes to Winnie’s work. She says that she is “charmed, chuffed and over the moon and would never have expected such recognition.” Winnie loves making cakes and it has become a real family affair with her daughter also involved. Winnie is a mother of seven and married to Gerald, living two miles outside Roscrea.
She is a deserving awardee and much appreciated by all who work in hospice services.
Josie O’Grady, originally from Thurles but now living in Roscrea is the current chairperson of the North Tipperary Movement and has been unanimously elected for the past eight years due to her dedication and leadership of the movement. She has been involved in the organisation since the start and brings so many different talents which she shares freely with all who come in contact with her. Over the past three years as well as keeping all the services for support at home running she has helped with two new Cancer Drop in Services up and running in Nenagh and Thurles. She is a dedicated and utterly committed person with great listening and negotiation skills and we are so proud that she has got this Award.
Hospice services have experienced cuts in their budgets and are more reliant than ever on public goodwill during national fundraising events such as Sunflower Days, which is kindly supported by Irish Pride Bakery, in order to keep services going. All hospice services are reliant on the generosity of their local communities to help maintain or expand their services.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.