400 calls to cancer helpline from Limerick last year, reveals society

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

THE IRISH Cancer Society provided over 400 nights of care to families in Limerick last year, as well as financial aid of €52,000.

THE IRISH Cancer Society provided over 400 nights of care to families in Limerick last year, as well as financial aid of €52,000.

New figures released by the society also show that their specialist cancer nurses received nearly 400 calls from Limerick to their national cancer helpine last year.

The society was speaking to highlight the importance of donations received throughout the year, especially on Daffodil Day. On the day, people from all over Limerick got involved – selling daffodils on the street, organising events, getting their work place involved or donating online.

The society’s fundraising target for this year’s day was €3.5m, and as money continues to come in from around the country the society said that they are well on the way to reaching their target.

“Support for the campaign has been amazing this year. Our fundraisers showed us that they were up to the challenge – organising walks, cake sales, coffee mornings, selling pins and daffodils and wearing them with pride.

“Our corporate partner Dell and their staff and families made a huge effort organising fundraising events and collecting on the day.

“Thank you all for sparing your time and your money – it means so much to us and really makes a difference to people with cancer in Ireland,” said John McCormack, CEO, of the Irish Cancer Society.

Last year €3.4m was raised for Daffodil Day, with €145,951 of this coming from the people in Limerick.

Overall, the national helping on freefone 1800 200 700 received 22,120 calls last year, provided 8,110 nights of care to 2,014 families, provided financial aid to the value of over €1,062,281, and they distributed over 688,266 cancer information booklets and factsheets to people concerned about cancer across the country in 2011.

Of the latter figure, 45,304 booklets and factsheets were sent to people in Limerick.

Dell Ireland became the Irish Cancer Society’s lead partner for Daffodil Day in 2010 for a three year period until 2013. In addition to providing financial support Dell’s 2,300 employees are supporting the campaign by volunteering time.

For further information on how to support the Irish Cancer Society visit www.cancer.ie or CallSave 1850 60 60 60.