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Grammar School pupils help build NI Hospice’s Walls of Hope

Photographed in Antrim Grammar School last week were Leonie Aranha with pupils Naomi, Sam, Georgia, Ben and Jude who presented a �4,450 cheque to John Philips of N.I. Hospice. INAT 10-813H

Photographed in Antrim Grammar School last week were Leonie Aranha with pupils Naomi, Sam, Georgia, Ben and Jude who presented a �4,450 cheque to John Philips of N.I. Hospice. INAT 10-813H

Antrim Grammar hosted a number of very special fundraising events over the last number of months for the Northern Ireland Hospice Wall of Hope appeal.

The appeal focuses on local schools raising funds for the family area in the new hospice at Somerton Road. Staff and pupils from Antrim Grammar took up the challenge to raise £1000 for the family area in the new hospice at Somerton Road.

To date the school has raised a massive total of £4,450.

John Philips, Community Fundraiser for Northern Ireland Hospice, said: “I would like to sincerely thank Antrim Grammar, teachers, parents and children for their continued support for Northern Ireland Hospice and for raising this fantastic amount.

“Last year Hospice cared for 3,024 patients with life-limiting conditions and their families, both in Hospice and in the community - 125 of these patients were from the Antrim area.”

Ms Leonie Aranha, teacher at Antrim Grammar, said: “When the school received information about the Wall of Hope Appeal we knew that we had to get involved. With the help of the pupils, parents and staff members we managed to raise an amount we can be proud off.”

A state of the art hospice facility is planned for the current site at Somerton Road but to make that happen we need to raise £3 million. The support for our Buy a Brick Campaign from local individuals and organisations is very much appreciated and will help us create a solid foundation for hospice care in Northern Ireland.”

If you would like to find out more about the ‘Buy a Brick’ appeal, help to organise a fundraiser or can spare an hour of your time to volunteer, please contact John Philips on 07711377287or email john.philips@nihospice.org

Meanwhile, Antrim & Randalstown Hospice Support Group would like to extends their sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone who supported over the year with their street collections which raised £1067 (May 2013) and £1194.09 (November 2013).

 

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