A THURLES woman whose friend died recently from cancer has urged the community of North Tipperary to support Milford Fair Hospice Fund Day in Limerick on Sunday (August 30).
Claire Walsh from Moyne grew up with the late Caroline King Cornally in Sean Treacy Avenue in Thurles. When Caroline became ill, she received specialist palliative care and attention from Milford Hospice, both at its in-patient facility in Castletroy and in her own home from Milford’s Hospice at Home Team in North Tipperary.
“I had never heard of Milford until my friend Caroline and her family availed of its wonderful services in their time of difficulty prior to and after her untimely death at the age of 35 last February,” said Claire. Together with two friends in Thurles, Maureen Molumby and Karen Fogarty, Claire then decided to honour Caroline’s memory by running the Dublin mini-marathon in June and, in the process, raise funds for Milford. The trio raised over €1,500 in total. Claire is now urging local families to take steps to support Milford’s biggest annual fundraising event by taking part in the inaugural 5km Fun Walk and by visiting the Fair at the UL Arena which takes place following the walk.
“People can literally take a step to help fund Milford’s services and to build a new hospice for the Mid-West Region by taking part in the sponsored 5km Fun Walk being held around the UL campus that kicks off the day’s events at 12.30 pm,” she said.
You can pre-register for the walk at www.eventmaster.ie (registration fee is €10 for adults and children are free) or register on the day at the Sprint Track in the University Arena from 11.30am. Admission is free to the packed indoor and outdoor programme of events, entertainments and attractions for all ages planned for the 30th anniversary Milford Fair Hospice Fund-Day, including vintage cars, a barbecue, live music, pig on a spit, quick fire bingo, the Wheel of Fortune, face painting, a food court and a Grand Raffle, with a top prize of an All-for-One voucher worth €1,000.
The Fair also features a display of model aircraft - from fighter planes to space shuttle models, from cargo and sailing ships to railway locomotives - staged by the Mid-West Branch of the International Plastic Modellers’ Society Ireland, and the new Exploration Dome, a mobile digital planetarium and science education experience.
As usual there will also be great value cake, bottle and plant stalls at the Hospice Fund Day, which is Milford’s biggest annual fundraiser. All the money raised from Sunday’s event will go towards the €1.5m needed each year to fund the shortfall in funding for the specialist consultant-led palliative care services which are provided to patients and families for free throughout North Tipperary, Clare and Limerick. All direct specialist palliative care services in North Tipperary are provided by MCC, and the Centre gratefully acknowledges the annual grant of €130,000 received from North Tipperary Hospice which contributes, in part, to the total fundraising requirement for service provision in the North Tipperary region. In addition, Sunday’s proceeds will also help to fund a new 34-bed specialist in-patient palliative care Hospice to be built by Milford at Castletroy to serve the entire Mid-West region, costing €7.8m. There will be plenty of free parking at UL on Sunday and a big turnout is expected to support this fundraiser for vital palliative care services in the Mid-West Region.