Maria is Hospice Sunflower Hero

Support your local Hospice service on Sunflower DaysJune 14th and 15thThe hospice movement in Ireland has appealed to the public to give generously on Hospice Sunflower Days next month and also to volunteer their time to take part in the two day collection. The Irish Hospice Foundation announced the the national Hospice Sunflower Days collection for local hospice services will take place on Friday 14th June and Saturday 15th June. People will be able to support their local hospice service by purchasing various pieces of Sunflower mechandise including sunflower pins or sunflowers seeds Euro 2.00 each from collectors on the streets of cities arounds the country. Picture Colm Mahady / Fennells Copyright 2013 Fennell Photography
Maria McGrath, who marks 21 years as a volunteer with the North Tipperary Hospice Movement this year, was recently named as a Hospice Sunflower Hero at an event in Dublin to mark the launch of National Sunflower Days in June.

Maria McGrath, who marks 21 years as a volunteer with the North Tipperary Hospice Movement this year, was recently named as a Hospice Sunflower Hero at an event in Dublin to mark the launch of National Sunflower Days in June.

The award was presented to Maria and another 13 Hospice volunteers nationwide. In place for four years, the Hospice Sunflower Heroes initiative honours the work of volunteers throughout the country, who work tirelessly on behalf of their local hospice service.

Maria McGrath (Wallace), who hails from Thurles, is married to Matt and has three children, Daniel, Breda, Matthew and daughter in law Briege. She was nominated for the award because of her commitment to providing an excellent service to cancer patients in the North Tipperary area.

A retired principal teacher, Maria is the Secretary of the Board of North Tipperary Hospice Movement. She became involved in setting up the local service following the death of her mother May Wallace R.I.P. in 1990 from cancer. At the time of May’s death, hospice services were not in place in North Tipperary to enable Maria to bring her home to spend her final days surrounded by her family.

Full story in next week’s Tipperary Star.