Enthusiastic :Eileen Counihan and Mary Clancy at the memorial walk
MORE than 1,000 people from all over the Mid-West took part in the “very successful” inaugural Milford Hospice memorial walk at the weekend.
The fundraising charity event, which kicked-off at 12 noon on Sunday, saw hundreds walk the 5km route from University of Limerick Sports Arena and finish up on the grounds of the hospice.
At the end of the walk, families and friends of loved ones who benefited from the care facility in the past, wrote “a note of love” on ribbons and tied them to the hospice’s new remembrance tree.
Though the event started at 12, there were numerous eager participants queueing at the Sports Arena at 10am. On Saturday evening, around 1,000 people registered to take part in the event, and a large number registered on the morning of the event.
Milford Hospice head of finance, Cathy Sheehan said that they were “so grateful” of the public’s support on Sunday.
“This is a new event for us this year. We have been looking at our fundraising calendar and looking at ways to reach out to the community, so we decided to organise a memorial walk this year, and we have been really overwhelmed by the amount of support and input from the public,” she enthused.
She said that the funds raised will help build Milford Hospice’s future inpatient facility.
“We have a new project. We have received planning permission from Limerick City and County Council. It’s a new 34-bed state-of-the-art inpatient unit, which will replace our existing unit.
“The enhancements will involve complete single rooms for all patients, enhanced family care facilities, overnight facilities for families, and with a few to have it completed by the end of 2017,” she explained.
Charlotte Counihan, of Kilmallock Road, said that she was “delighted” to support the development of Milford Hospice and to help create awareness of its services.
“I am here for the hospice. They help a lot of people. My father was in the hospice, and we want to give something back to them. The services that they provide are unreal. When my father was there, we couldn’t have asked for more.”
Ardnacrusha native, Dermot Hogan said that the care facility “is much-needed in the area, and it is very important to support their service.
“Everyone knows someone who has passed away in Milford. My mother, my nephew and my brother-in-law passed away there. I was there at each time. And while it is sad, they make things easier for people and easier for the families. They are very kind and considerate towards the families and the patients.”