Belfast Telegraph

Council backs charity appeal

Ards Borough Council has joined with Northern Ireland Hospice once again to give Newtownards a ‘Lights to Remember’ Christmas tree.

For the second year, the Council is helping to promote the charity’s Lights To Remember Appeal, the biggest Northern Ireland Hospice fundraising campaign each year which encourages people to sponsor a light on the Hospice’s own Christmas Tree, as a way of remembering |a loved one or as an alternative Christmas gift.

This Christmas the charity has |a fundraising target of £210,000 which equates to 7,000 hours of |nursing care for patients, in both |the adult and the children’s hospices and the Mayor of Ards, Councillor David Smyth, is asking local people to be generous.

“Every pound raised through this appeal goes towards Northern Ireland Hospice’s vital work in providing care and support for thousands of adults, children and young people who are ill, as well as their families,” said Councillor Smyth.

“All of us feel the loss of loved ones at Christmas and sponsoring a light in memory of someone special is a very fitting act of remembrance, and at the same time makes a huge |difference to the Hospice and the people who rely on its care.”

Olivia Nash, Vice President of Northern Ireland Hospice, said: “We are delighted that Ards Borough Council has generously dedicated their Christmas trees to our special Christmas appeal.

“I have no doubt that this will help to raise awareness and to remind people to think about supporting the hospice this Christmas. This year it has been particularly difficult to raise the necessary funds needed to maintain local hospice services, so we are hoping that local people will dig deep in their pockets and make a donation or sponsor a light on the hospice tree in memory of a loved one this Christmas. By remembering in this way you will also be enabling hospice to offer care to people when they most need it not just over Christmas but in the coming year.”

Olivia added, “You can sponsor |a light in memory of anyone you want to remember even if they |didn’t receive hospice care.”

For more information, to make a donation or to sponsor a light, call 028 90 777 123 or visit www.nihospice.org. Lights to Remember Appeal leaflets are available at Ards Arts Centre, Conway Square.

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