Limerick woman raises over €6,000 for Milford Hospice in memory of late father

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Limerick woman raises over €6,000 for Milford Hospice in memory of late father

Shannon, far right, has raised over €6,000 for Milford Hospice so far in memory of her late father William

A LIMERICK woman will take to the skies in a bid to raise funds for Milford Hospice in memory of her late father. 

Shannon O'Neill, 26, from Meanus, has raised more than €6,000—and still counting—for the palliative care facility, which cared for her father William who died from bowel cancer last year.

This weekend, Shannon will host a charity event and will do a sky dive in memory of her father this September.

She is also organising a charity social night at the Pier Hotel this Saturday at 8pm. 

William, who spent most of his life on Old Cork Road, worked for Fulflex for most of his professional career and spent his last working years in Element 6. 

The married father-of-three was diagnosed with bowel cancer in December 2017 and passed away in April 2018, aged 52. 

Shannon says the nurses in Milford "couldn't have been kinder, more thoughtful or attentive" during his care. 

"The four of us [Shannon, sister Jade, brother Adam, and mum Jennifer] stayed in my dad's room every night, on chairs, floors and windowsills, and the nurses would come and work around us, while being more than happy to answer any questions at any time.

"They [nurses] not only cared for my dad and kept him comfortable, they also looked after us so well, and didn’t bat an eyelid to the other 20 family members that slept all over the Solas Ward," she told the Leader this Thursday. 

She said that he was a "massive family man" and that they "couldn't have been closer as a family". 

"His life revolved around his family and not just us four, he adored his mother and father, his siblings, and he loved my mam's family just as much. He was the most hardworking person I know, he worked hard all his life so that we could have the absolute best childhoods and later years, we couldn’t have asked for more."

She said that he was a huge Liverpool FC fan, and adored his two pet Labradors Mylo and Kobe. 

"We often joked he loved them just as much, if not more, than his three children," she said. 

On her father's birthday, September 27, Shannon will do a sky dive from 10,000 feet in memory of William. 

And she said the reaction has been "generous" so far, with over 50 prizes to give away at this weekend's raffle, including a signed Limerick jersey by the All-Ireland champs, a signed Munster Jersey, a range of vouchers and many more. 

"Initially, I didnt think i would get the reaction I have, everyone is being so generous! 

"I honestly couldn’t thank everyone enough for how generous they’ve been with donations, spot prizes, sponsors, and the Pier Hotel who have been so kind to us and looked after us so well, when it came to organising the event."