Leading country music star, Nathan Carter sang the praises of Milford Care Centre at the launch of the 30th annual Milford Fair.
This year’s family fun day on Sunday, August 30 has been rebranded as Milford Fair Hospice ‘Fund Day’, with the proceeds going towards funding ongoing palliative care services and a new Hospice for the Mid-West.
Liverpool-born Nathan has been selling out shows all over the country - including the Milk Market in the city - and has offered his singing talents to help Milford on a number of occasions.
He dropped in to the Castletroy centre for the launch of the revamped Fair - taking place at the UL Arena - and spoke of his admiration for the work of staff and supporters throughout the region.
“Staff at this wonderful hospice and the people working in the Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary Hospice at Home Teams do an amazing job. A lot of credit also goes to the many volunteers and supporters who have helped Milford over the years,” he said.
“I know there are exciting new features planned for this year’s Hospice Fund Day at the University of Limerick campus.
“I’m sure that thousands of people from all over the region will be there again this year to enjoy the day and to help fund the services and the new hospice, which I understand is planned to be ready by 2017,” said the 25-year-old singing sensation of the planned new €8m state-of-the-art hospice at Milford, which incoming chairperson Pat Gilmartin has identified as a priority.
€3.4m of the total will come from the JP McManus Benevolent Fund and 2010 Pro Am Fund, with the balance of funding for the Hospice to come from Milford’s existing capital resources and from additional fundraising over the next four years.
“The new development and funding of the new project is one of the key challenges that the Board faces, in addition to maintaining support for ongoing services,” explained Mr Gilmartin.
A key fundraising event is the upcoming Fund Day, which will kick off with a sponsored 5km Fun Run and Walk around the UL campus from 12.30pm, followed by a day of activities, including “face painting, plenty of games and entertainment for children and a magic show, vintage cars, barbecue, live music, pig on a spit and the food court are just some of the attractions”, explained Fund Day chairman Joe Murphy.
“It will be ‘all eyes on’ the model aircraft display, and ‘eyes down’ for our afternoon session of quick-fire bingo; you can try your luck on the Wheel of Fortune and the Grand Raffle; or browse through a host of stalls and pick up some tasty treats,” he added.
Milford staff from all over the region were at the launch and Clinical Nurse Manager, Siobhan Coffey, from Knocklong, who works with the Hospice at Home Team in Limerick, said she was “sure that people will respond to Nathan’s call to support the Fair again this year”.
“We’d love to meet them there. It’s sure to be a great day,” said Siobhan, who now lives in Glenroe.
Register online for the fun run, see www.eventmaster.ie. Further information, including sponsorship cards, available from the Milford Fundraising Department on 061-485860 or 061-485859.