Newbridge man, Michael Waldron was recently awarded an Irish Pride Hospice Hero Award at a ceremony in the Mansion House in Dublin to mark the launch of the national Sunflower Days collection for local hospice services which will take place locally on Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9.
Michael, who was formerly a bank manager of the Bank of Ireland in the town, has served diligently as treasurer of the local Kildare and West Wicklow St Brigid’s Hospice since it was set up 22 years ago. He recently passed over the mantel to Una Duffy. He is a deserving awardee as he is hugely active in his own community and has been so for many years.
“I was delighted when I was awarded the award,” said Michael. “I worked for years with Friends of the Hospice, it was a big part of my life. People get great care in St Brigids Hospice and we help them out what ever way we can by fundraising. I’ve retired as treasurer this year but I am staying on with them and I will continue to help out.”
Hospice services have experienced cuts in their budgets and are more reliant than ever on public goodwill during national fundraising events such as Sunflower Days, in order to keep services going.
All hospice services are reliant on the generosity of their local communities to help maintain or expand their services.
People will be able to support their local hospice service by buying a sunflower pin or sunflower seeds for €2 each from collectors on the streets of cities, towns and villages around the country.
Sunflower Days is a major source of income for hospices and voluntary hospice groups countrywide.
There is an urgent need for volunteers to sell sunflower pins and anyone who has a few hours to spare on June the 8 or 9 is asked to please check on www.sunflowerdays.ie.