Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Murphy announces £1.1m for Southern Area Hospice

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Thursday, May 7th, 2020
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Finance Minister Conor Murphy has announced £1.1 million for Southern Area Hospice.

The funding is part of an overall £6.75 million support package Minister Murphy has announced to support local hospices with the current financial challenges they are facing.



Making the announcement, Conor Murphy told Newry Times, “The care and support our hospices provide is truly inspiring.

“Our Hospices are there for people and their families when they need it most.

“This £6.75 million support package will help them with the current challenges they are facing from loss of donations and revenue from their retail outlets.



“This funding will make a real difference to these organisations and the families they support.”

Newry Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady welcomed the announcement.

Speaking to Newry Times, the Newry and Armagh MP said, “I welcome the announcement today by Finance Minister Conor Murphy that almost £7,000,000 will be distributed to Hospices across the North.

“Hospices and their staff are an invaluable asset to our society.



“The staff provide high quality and compassionate care to those that are in need, and in particular those that are seriously ill.

“Many Hospices rely on fundraising that is carried out by remarkable volunteers and community organisations who work tirelessly throughout the year. Today’s announcement is welcome news.”

Newry City Councillor Roisin Mulgrew, who recently initiated a successful ‘Step Up for Charity’ fundraising effort to raise funds for the local Hospice said, “Due to the ongoing public health emergency, the capacity to fundraise by many Hospices has been severely limited and has caused significant financial stress and concern.

“I believe that this financial injection will go some way in alleviating many of their financial concerns and I thank the Minister for that.”



The Sinn Féin Councillor added, “From the bottom of my heart – I want to thank the staff at hospices and all those that are involved in fundraising efforts. You are all truly fantastic people, keep up the fantastic work.” 

This support package also includes £3.2 million for the NI Hospice including the Children’s Hospice; £1.6 million for Marie Curie; £1.1 million for Southern Area Hospice; £600,000 for Foyle Hospice; and £250,000 for Cancer Fund for Children.


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