‘BUY A BRICK – LET’S BUILD IT TOGETHER’
Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh helps Waterford Hospice launch their largest fundraising campaign to date
Waterford Hospice has today launched a ‘Buy a Brick’ appeal to help raise funds needed to reach its €6M target.
The centrepiece of the Buy a Brick appeal is an innovative new website, giving donors the opportunity to buy a virtual ‘brick’ at a price of their choice, which they can personalise with their own message.
The appeal will raise vital funds for the €6 million pledge by Waterford Hospice towards the construction of the new South East Palliative Care Unit on the grounds of University Hospital Waterford. Although €4.5 million has already been secured, a further €1.5 million is needed to reach the target.
The new South East Palliative Care Unit will be accommodated in the first two floors of the new five story €25 million build. This will include a 20 bed in patient unit, day services and a new base for the Waterford Hospice Home Care Team.
Waterford Hospice is a registered charity, and has been providing a ‘Hospice Home Care’ service (free of charge) for 30 years, to the people of Waterford & South Kilkenny. In addition to the €6M pledge, annual running costs in excess of €700K are needed to maintain this service into the future.
Danette Connolly, Chairperson said:
“We’re calling on as many people as possible to get behind us by supporting our Buy a Brick appeal. By doing so, you’re also paying for a little piece of the new Hospice, and your support will become a part of our history. Please visit our website at www.waterfordhospice.ie/buyabrick’’
Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh, Waterford hurler said: I’m delighted to lend my support to Waterford Hospice for their Buy a Brick Campaign. This charity has been fundraising for the past 30 years to provide a free hospice service; I’m only too happy to oblige in giving a little of my time to help. I’d ask everyone to come on board for the final push to reach that €6M target’