Aughnasheelin May Walk Run or Roll raises €5,600 for North West Hospice and Cancer Research

Presentation of cheques took place at Aughnasheelin Community Centre

Aughnasheelin May Walk Run or Roll raises €5,600 for North West Hospice and Cancer Research
by @TheNationalist

The Annual 5K / 10K May Walk Run or Roll in memory of May Sammon took place in Aughnasheelin on Sunday, May 29th 2016 and raised €5,681.47 for the North West Hospice and Cancer Research. €35,950 has been raised by this event over the past 5 years.

Presentation of the cheques to Mary Curran on behalf of The North West Hospice and Ena Barrett on behalf of the Cancer Society took place Aughnasheelin Community Centre on Friday, July 8th.

Congratulations, well done and thank you to all who organised the event, and helped with its smooth running on the day.

To Supervalu who sponsored the water refreshments, those who took part, walked, ran, donated, helped out on the day, baked, served tea/coffee or joined in the supportive atmosphere and raised this money for these very worthy charities that are so close to many of our hearts.

A special word of thanks to Shirley Sweeney Sammon and her mom Maura who took part in the Dublin Women’s Marathon and donated their sponsorship to this event.

Mary Curran for The North West Hospice thanked the organisers and all who helped raise the funds for this contribution which goes towards providing specialist care with compassion for those living with life limiting illness in the communities in Sligo, Leitrim, South Donegal and West Cavan.

The services are provided through the Hospice Unit at The Mall, Sligo which consists of an inpatient Unit with 8 beds where patients are cared for by a multi-disciplinary team including medical, nursing, social work, occupational therapy and physiotherapy.

Mary went on to say that the Hospice are extremely grateful for this donation which will make a direct contribution to maintaining and further developing the service, the majority of which is delivered in the community by a team of Community Palliative Care Nurses

Ena Barrett, Cancer Research Community Fundraiser – Ulster Connaught North took part in the May Walk. Speaking at the presentation, Ena explained that The Irish Cancer Society are totally reliant on fundraising to enable them to provide services and invest in vital lifesaving and life changing research. In order to keep funding ground breaking research, we need your help.

The Sammon family have been supporting The Irish Cancer Society by organising the annual May Walk in memory of their beloved mother. On behalf of The Irish Cancer Society, we would like to say thanks to all the Sammon family, to the local committee and to everyone who comes out to support the walk every year, which takes place in Aughnasheelin every May.

This year the walk was once again, very well attended despite the weather and the Community atmosphere was fantastic and fun. Thank you for helping us to accelerate towards a future without cancer.

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The national cancer helpline 1800 200 700 which is a free phone number is available between 9 and 5 to answer any queries or concerns a person may have when they or a family member or friend is faced with a cancer diagnosis. Almost 30 Families in Leitrim used this service last year.

Our ‘volunteers driver service’ is available to bring patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments. Last year 75 journeys were facilitated in Leitrim to cancer patients attending both Sligo and Cavan hospitals.