A CD made by Portadown girl Rachel Hamilton in memory of her father has raised £3,000 for the Northern Ireland Hospice.
Last weekend, Rachel handed over the cheque at the Faith Mission Bookshop in Portadown, where her family and friends went along to support her.
Rachel, who qualified this month as a staff nurse, recorded ‘Where Angels Have Trod’ two months before the 21st anniversary of the death of her dad, Alan Dixon.
She had just turned 21 and thought it was the perfect time to do something worthwhile in his memory to help other families.
All proceeds have gone to the hospice’s ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign to rebuild the NI Hospice building, Somerton House, in Belfast.
Rachel’s father, who died two months after she was born, was diagnosed with a brain tumour just after his 25th birthday. His family kept him at home for as long as possible but eventually considered hospice care and were overwhelmed by the support provided by hospice nurses in Somerton for the final three weeks of his life.
Said Rachel, “My family loved the personal touches – the family pictures on the wall when he arrived at Somerton, the nurses who ensured he got a side room so that, as a newborn, I could spend time with him, the nurses who stayed all night after their shift had ended to keep my mum company and to read the bible to my dad.”
Rachel chose a selection of songs that meant something to her and her family – “music that I knew could help other people on their journey and give them the strength to cope”, she said.