Sunday, 20th May 2018
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Waterford Hospice gains support for it’s ‘Buy a Brick - Let’s Build it Together’ campaign

The Waterford Hospice ‘Buy-A-Brick – Let’s Build It Together’ campaign for the new Regional (South East) Palliative Care Unit at University Hospital Waterford (UHW), which was recently launched by Waterford hurler, Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh, has started to gain momentum with support from the Construction Industry Federation (CIF). The initiative, which gives donors an opportunity to buy ‘virtual bricks’ via 3 easy steps on its website http://www.waterfordhospice.ie/fundraising/buy-a-brick.com, is a way for individuals, businesses and organisations to contribute in a meaningful way towards the construction of the new building.

At the recent South East Branch Construction Industry Federation Annual Dinner, Stephanie Taheny, Board Member, Waterford Hospice and Director of Noel Frisby Construction Ltd., made a special appeal to fellow CIF members to kick-start the fundraising campaign by asking them to support the initiative. To date, €10,000 has already been donated by members of the CIF with promises of additional support yet to be fulfilled.

Having pledged €6 million towards the building, (?4.5 million of which has already been secured to date), Waterford Hospice is issuing a renewed appeal for the remaining €1.5 million for completion of the unit by 2019, which will comprise 20 in-patient beds, provide day services and become a new base for the Waterford Hospice Home Care team.

Danette Connolly, Chairperson, Waterford Hospice, said, "we’re delighted to be so close to reaching our target of €6 million with the final €1.5 million now in sight. Given the amazing response, generosity and incredible support of the people of the south east, who understand how vital this unit is for the region, we are optimistic this goal can be achieved".

With construction of the €26 million building well underway and on schedule to be up and running by next year, Waterford Hospice is now calling on individuals, businesses, organisations, social groups, volunteers and diaspora to fundraise over the next year and to nominate the hospice as their chosen charity in 2018/2019 in an effort to meet the €1.5 million target. Additionally, individuals who are thinking of making a will, and where they have sufficient funds to provide for family and friends, are being asked to consider Waterford Hospice as a beneficiary.

Any business, organisation or individual within the south east who would like to purchase ‘virtual bricks’, make a donation, or plan an event to help raise the last €1.5 million can do so by contacting Waterford Hospice on 051-844 847, sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or logging onto the Waterford Hospice website http://www.waterfordhospice.ie for further details.

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