Dungannon GP and friends raise £11,000 for Southern Hospice

Dr Murty
Dr Murty

Dungannon GP, Dr. Murty and his team of supporters recently presented the fantastic sum of £11,600 to Southern Area Hospice Services.

The money was raised during 2014 when Dr. Murty organised various collections and fundraising events throughout the Dungannon area.

Dr. Murty and his hard working team have been raising funds for Southern Area Hospice Services for over 6 years and during that time have raised over £100,000 for the charity. All the money raised by Dr. Murty and his team will help Southern Area Hospice Services to continue their work providing special care, free of charge, to people living in the local area with Cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, such as Multiple Sclerosis and Motor Neurone Disease.

Southern Area Hospice Services provide their specialised care through a number of services in the local area including a Day Hospice Unit which is located on the D Floor in the South Tyrone Hospital. The Day Hospice Unit is a nurse managed unit which offers respite care and support to patients. Southern Area Hospice Services also offer counselling services and bereavement and carer support groups in their Dungannon Information and Resource Centre at 23 Irish Street in Dungannon. Southern Area Hospice also provides a Homecare Specialist Palliative Care Nurse in the Armagh and Dungannon area, an inpatient unit in Newry, a Day Hospice Unit in Newry and they also hold outpatient clinics in South Tyrone, Daisy Hill and Craigavon Area Hospitals on a regular basis.

To continue to provide the level of care currently available to local people, the organisation must raise £2.3 million in 2015 alone.

Anne Mac Oscar, Regional Marketing Officer in the Armagh and Dungannon area who received the cheque from Dr. Murty said, “On behalf of everyone here at Southern Area Hospice Services I would like to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Murty and his entire team for this fantastic donation. We rely heavily on voluntary donations in order to keep our services going and we are so grateful to Dr. Murty and everyone who supported his efforts throughout 2014. Their dedication to raising funds for the Hospice is dearly appreciated.”

Dr. Murty thanked everyone who assisted him in raising such a fantastic sum for the Hospice saying, “Thank-you to all the helpers and those who assisted in raising these funds for the Hospice. Thank-you also to all the members of the local community for their generosity and support of our work.”