Nothing but the Best for Southern Area Hospice

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Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
Community, Sport

Photograph: Columba O’Hare

Ulster and Ireland rugby star Rory Best recently paid a visit to the Southern Area Hospice in Newry to help with the relaunch of their Lottery Draw. 

During his visit Rory witnessed first-hand the work that the Hospice does.

He met with staff and volunteers to gain an understanding of the range of services the Hospice provides to over 1000 local patients and their families annually.



Southern Area Hospice has to raise £2.5 million each year to continue to ensure its services are made available across the Southern Trust Area. The Hospice is delighted that Rory has decided to lend his support as an official ambassador for the Hospice Lottery.

The weekly lottery draw has been a consistent fundraising element for the Southern Area Hospice since its initial launch in 1999.

The Hospice is currently developing its new website which will host key content including the lottery info and so in line with this change, the lottery has recently undergone a brand makeover which will be rolled out across the southern area in the coming weeks.



During his visit Rory commented, “I have always been aware of the Hospice and the work they do but over the past few years and on my recent visit to Southern Area Hospice, I have gained a real appreciation for the care the staff provide and how necessary fundraising is to them.

“I am delighted to be able to help spread the message of the Hospice Lottery and would encourage people to support their local Hospice by getting in touch to sign-up and play.”

You can play the lottery for just £1 per week to play and gives you the chance of winning up to £5,000 every week.

For further information on how you can play the Hospice lottery or raise funds for the Hospice, contact Josephine in the fundraising team on or (028)30 251333 or you can go online at



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