New Hospice Sunday appeal raises more than £20,000

Lisa Hamill, second from left, regional marketing officer of the Southern Area Hospice, receives a cheque for �15,891.50 from the Church of Ireland Diocese of Armagh.  Presenting the cheque on behalf of the diocese are, from left, the Rev Matthew Hagan, Hospice Sunday co-ordinator; the Most Rev Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh and Mrs Jane Leighton, Armagh diocesan secretary. INPT08-005

Lisa Hamill, second from left, regional marketing officer of the Southern Area Hospice, receives a cheque for �15,891.50 from the Church of Ireland Diocese of Armagh. Presenting the cheque on behalf of the diocese are, from left, the Rev Matthew Hagan, Hospice Sunday co-ordinator; the Most Rev Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh and Mrs Jane Leighton, Armagh diocesan secretary. INPT08-005

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More than £20,000 was raised for local hospices by Church of Ireland parishioners in the Armagh diocese.

The money was raised on Hospice Sunday, November 2, following a resolution at the Diocesan Synod to establish the day

The resolution was brought by the Rev Matthew Hagan, rector of Tynan, Aghavilly and Middletown parishes and the representative for

Northern Ireland on the UK wide Board of the Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Chaplains.

Money raised, including Gift Aid, has been distributed to The Southern Area Hospice, Newry; The Northern Ireland Hospice, Belfast; The Foyle Hospice, Londonderry; North Louth Hospice and Home Care Foundation.

This means that the money raised by each parish throughout the diocese has been given to their local hospice.

Mr Hagan said, “As a new initiative in the diocese this is a fantastic amount of money that has been raised for local hospice care throughout Northern Ireland and will undoubtedly benefit the excellent level of patient care in local hospices.

“My sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed to the Hospice Sunday appeal.’

Our picture shows Lisa Hamill, second from left, regional marketing officer of the Southern Area Hospice, receiving a cheque from (from left) the Rev Matthew Hagan, the Most Rev Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh and Mrs Jane Leighton, Armagh diocesan secretary.