Chairperson Supports Local Charities with Online Donation Campaign
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Michael Savage has launched a charity driven campaign designed to help raise funds for four incredible charities that work right at the heart of our community.
The Southern Area Hospice, Society of St. Vincent De Paul, Simon Community and Suicide Down To Zero all provide vital support to families across our district and without them the most vulnerable of our residents would have nowhere to turn. At this time, all four charities share the same challenges - the current cost-of-living crisis. This has had a huge impact on the demand for their services locally and has also impacted on their ability to raise funds and donations from the public, as households of all shapes and sizes are being hit by spiralling living costs.
Speaking at today’s launch of the campaign, Chairperson, Councillor Michael Savage said, “This campaign has been developed in partnership with the charities to highlight the important physical, mental and emotional support they provide and to ask for your help, which is needed now more than ever.
“Each of these charities work tirelessly all year round, always going the extra mile to assist struggling families and individuals and those most in need. I am appealing to the generosity of our residents and businesses and asking for your help to donate to these charities, so that together we can make a difference. Every contribution however big or small will help each of these charities.”
The Southern Area Hospice cares for patients and their families by offering specialist palliative and end of life care. Last year, the Inpatient Unit, Day Therapy unit, and Community Services teams helped over 1,500 patients and without your ongoing help they could not do what they do.
Chief Executive for Southern Area Hospice Services, Liz Cuddy OBE DL, said, “We are delighted to be part of the Chairperson’s Chosen Charities Campaign, working with Councillor Michael Savage to raise awareness of the vital support and care provided by the Hospice to our patients and their families from all areas of the Newry, Mourne and Down district. The demand for our services continues to increase during incredibly difficult financial times for everyone. The local community has always been very supportive of their Hospice, and we could not provide the care we do without their support. We hope everyone gets behind this fantastic initiative to help raise much needed funds”.
Councillor Savage concluded, “I know the compassion and generosity of our residents across Newry, Mourne and Down to support this fundraising appeal will help deliver much needed aid in our community this winter. A dedicated webpage has been set up to support this campaign ensuring that donations can be made quickly and easily. Finally, I would ask the public to please consider making a donation to any of the four charities".
You can support Southern Area Hospice Service by donating via the website www.southernareahospiceservices.org/donate-now.