Carrick people dig deep to help Cancer Society

The people of Carrick-on-Suir and it hinterland raised an impressive €11,000 for the Irish Cancer Society during its annual Daffodil Day fundraising campaign.

The people of Carrick-on-Suir and it hinterland raised an impressive €11,000 for the Irish Cancer Society during its annual Daffodil Day fundraising campaign.

Marie Walsh, Chairperson of the Carrick-on-Suir Daffodil Day Committee presented Rose O’Dea, Munster Fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society, with a cheque for the proceeds when she visited the town.

At the cheque handover, long time Daffodil Committee member Brendan Mulvaney thanked all who donated so generously on Daffodil Day.

He also thanked the volunteers, who manned the collection points, especially the Piltown duo Margaret O’Shea and Veronica Blackmore, who raised €1,200 and also the Greenhill Secondary School students, who helped out on the day.

Ms O’Dea thanked the committee for their wonderful effort and said the money raised on Daffodil Day will go directly to providing free cancer information and nursing services.

The money also helps fund the Irish Cancer Society’s free home based night nursing service to seriously ill cancer patients.

Last year more than 8,000 nights of care were provided to 2,014 patients in their own homes across Ireland.

Daffodil Day also helps fund the Society’s flagship Cancer Information Service including the National Cancer Helpline, which is freefone 1800 200700.

Cancer specialist nurses manning the helpline responded to 22,120 enquiries countrywide last year.

There were 211 calls from people living in Co. Tipperary, and a total of 422 nights of care and €47,900 worth of financial aid were provided to people in this county.

It is planned to set up a Daffodil Centre at Waterford Regional Hospital before the end of the year.