Grange man, John Kelly, retired from North West Hospice this month after 17 years of service.
John was part of the team that helped the hospice grow from a small community team into the consultant-led specialist palliative care service it is today.
Speaking about his time working in fundraising with North West Hospice Mr Kelly told the Leitrim Observer: “I really want to thank everybody for their support of North West Hospice and their help to me over the years. The people in this region are the greatest givers, they are just brilliant. The hospice would not be here without the people. It’s them who have continued to support it and I hope that they will continue to support our hospice for years to come.
“In order to maintain the current level of service North West Hospice has to fundraise €1 million every year and we could not do this without the people.”
Speaking about John’s retirement, Jim Callaghan, Chairperson of North West Hospice said “We are incredibly grateful to John for his unwavering commitment and loyalty to North West Hospice over the last 17 years.
“John has been an integral part of the hospice team for such a long time. We congratulate him on 17 years of service and wish him the very best on his retirement.”
Bernadette McGarvey, Community Relations Manager at North West Hospice added, “John’s passion for North West hospice and positive spirit will be missed by each and every staff member as well as by all our wonderful supporters and volunteers. We will continue and hope to build-upon John’s tremendous work in the local community. Thank you from all of us for a wonderful 17 years.”
North West Hospice provides specialist care with compassion for those living with life-limiting illness in Sligo, Leitrim, South Donegal and West Cavan. Further details from www.northwesthospice.ie