Ardee mum Alicia scoops 'Sunflower Hero' 2016 award

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Ardee mum Alicia scoops 'Sunflower Hero' 2016 award

Mother of four Alicia McCabe received a “Sunflower Hero” award from RTE’s Mary Kennedy for his tireless work for Ardee Hospice Homecare.

She was among 21 recipients of a “hero” award in advance of national Hospice Sunflower Days which celebrates its 26th anniversary this year and takes place on Friday, June 10th and Saturday, June 11th.

This is one of the biggest annual fundraisers for the hospice movement in Ireland and it is hoped that €1 million will be raised. The event is coordinated on behalf of the hospice movement by the Irish Hospice Foundation and all of the funds raised locally, stay locally.

People are being encouraged to support their local hospice service on June 10th and 11th by purchasing various pieces of Sunflower merchandise - including sunflower pins for €2 each from collectors on the streets of cities, towns and villages across Ireland.

Ardee Hospice Homecare said it nominated Alicia because of her dedication to Ardee Hospice Homecare since it started in 1994 – 22 years ago.

Ardee Hospice Homecare uses the funds raised through Sunflower Days to take people by taxi for their hospital treatments, provide heating and equipment in the home for people with cancer and help fund home help.

Irish Hospice Foundation chief executive Sharon Foley said Alicia and all volunteers are the backbone of the hospice movement in Ireland.

“It is through the compassionate communities that hospice services can continue to deliver high quality care to individuals and families.

“ No hospice service is fully funded by the State and they are all reliant on their communities and public goodwill to help maintain or expand their services. I think that is something really exceptional about an event like Hospice Sunflower Days,’ she said.