Christmas shoppers in Clonmel are being urged to take a few minutes during the seasonal rush to think of their loved ones who have passed away, and at the same time help fundraise for South Tipperary Hospice.
The hospice homecare nursing service is one of the most deserving charities in the county, doing wonderful work each year to alleviate the suffering of those who are seriously ill, and to help their families cope.
The people of the county have always given the hospice great support, 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, which will stand from Friday, December 13 to Monday, December 23 as powerful symbols of Christmas and its real meaning.
People 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 campaign was launched by the Mayor of Clonmel, Pat English, who said it was a fantastic way for people to remember their loved ones at Christmas, and it was wonderful that the funds raised were all spent locally.
“There is no more deserving charity than hospice. Every family is affected by serious illness at some stage,” the Mayor said.
He wished the fundraising campaign well this year and thanked the Rotary Club for organising it.
After Christmas the ribbons will be brought to Mass in Ss Peter and Paul’s Church, Clonmel, on Sunday, December 29 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 hundreds of thousands of euro each year for their much-needed work.
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.
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.
“Every cent we get, we need,” she said. “It’s the volunteers who keep the service running and we 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 the year.”