Thursday, 20th September 2018
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Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh helps Waterford Hospice launch their largest fundraising campaign to date

Waterford Hospice has launched a ‘Buy a Brick’ appeal to help raise funds needed to reach its €6M target.

The centrepiece of the Buy a Brick appeal is an innovative new website, giving donors the opportunity to buy a virtual ‘brick’ at a price of their choice, which they can personalise withtheir own message.

The appeal will raise vital funds for the €6 million pledge by Waterford Hospice towards the construction of the new South East Palliative Care Unit on the grounds of University Hospital Waterford. Although €4.5 million has already been secured, a further €1.5 million is needed to reach the target.

The new South East Palliative Care Unit will be accommodated in the first two floors of the new five story €25 million build. This will include a 20 bed in patient unit, day services and a new base for the Waterford Hospice Home Care Team.

Waterford Hospice is a registered charity, and has been providing a ‘Hospice Home Care’ service (free of charge) for 30 years, to the people of Waterford & South Kilkenny.

In addition to the €6M pledge, annual running costs in excess of €700K are needed to maintain this service into the future.

Danette Connolly, Chairperson said: "We’re calling on as many people as possible to get behind us by supporting our Buy a Brick appeal. By doing so, you’re also paying for a little piece of the new Hospice, and your support will become a part of our history.

Please visit our website at http://www.waterfordhospice.ie/buyabrick’’

Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh, Waterford hurler said: I’m delighted to lend my support to Waterford Hospice for their Buy a Brick Campaign.

This charity has been fundraising for the past 30 years to provide a free hospice service; I’m only too happy to oblige in giving a little of my time to help. I’d ask everyone to come on board for the final push to reach that €6m target’

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