Could any heart fail to be touched by our story today of the west Belfast dad and his two young sons who have donated £20,000 to help in the rebuilding of the Northern Ireland Hospice?
The money was gathered initially to fund treatment for the children's mother who was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour but she died before any therapy could be administered.
The donation was the family's way of saying thanks to the Hospice for the care given to the dying mother, just as it cares for 20% of people who die in Northern Ireland every year. We have continually pressed Health Minister Edwin Poots to help fund the rebuilding of the Hospice. It is a small amount in overall spending plans and there couldn't be a worthier cause in which to invest.