Every community and family in South Tipperary has been touched by serious illness, and Christmas is the time when they think of their loved ones who have passed away or are unwell.
South Tipperary Hospice does wonderful work each year to alleviate the suffering of those who are seriously ill, and to help their families cope with it.
The people of the county have always given the hospice great support in their efforts, particularly in raising funds to provide home-care nurses. South Tipperary Hospice costs around €600,000 to run each year, most of it raised voluntarily.
And it’s hoped that this Christmas, there will again be a strong response to the annual Remembrance Tree campaign, organised by the Rotary Club of Clonmel to raise funds for hospice.
This year there will be two Trees, one in Market Place outside Superquinn and one in O’Connell Street, from Friday, December 14 to Sunday, December 23.
Members of the public can come to the Tree and write the names of those they want to commemorate on a ribbon, which is then attached to the Tree.
They can also make a donation to Hospice in memory of their loved one.
The Trees will stand in Market Place and on O’Connell Street throughout the campaign as powerful symbols of Christmas and its real meaning.
After Christmas, the ribbons will be brought to Mass in S.S. Peter and Paul’s Church, Clonmel, on Sunday, December 30, at 11am, where all the people whose names are written on them will be prayed for.
All the funds raised will go to South Tipperary Hospice, who need to raise hundreds of thousands of euro each year for their much-needed work.
Both the Hospice and the Rotary Club of Clonmel are deeply grateful for the kind donations made during the Remembrance Tree campaign in the past, and are appealing for a generous response this year.
Gerry Flynn, President of the Rotary Club of Clonmel, said: “The Rotary Club are pleased to be involved with this fundraising venture on behalf of South Tipperary Hospice.
“It’s just a small recognition of the wonderful work that the hospice do in our community, and they deserve our continued support.”
Sinaidi Jansen, General Manager of South Tipperary Hospice, said that the hospice costs around €600,000 to run each year, including the cost of home-care nursing, equipment, phones and pagers. There are 106 patients currently using the service.
“Every cent we get, we need,” she said. “It’s the volunteers who keep the service running and we would encourage people to support the Remembrance Tree, which is a great thing. It helps to support us, and is also a way of remembering loved ones at this special time of year.”