Alderman Stewart McDonald disappointed at lack of government funding for NI Hospice

AHOGHILL TUV councillor Stewart McDonald has expressed disapppointment at a lack of government funding for the NI Hospice.

He said: “I have long had an interest in the Northern Ireland Hospice. Last year Ahoghill Thistle of which I am chairman raised £4,150 at our Gala Dinner for the charity.

“In 2018 I also had the opportunity to visit the Hospice in Glengormley. It was amazing to see the nurses work with the children in for respite.

“I was disappointed to learn that Northern Ireland will not benefit from the £25 million announced by the Prime Minister to protect hospices and palliative care services. All of the funding is going into the English service will no support for providers here in Northern Ireland.

“As it stands only around 30% of the funding for the Northern Ireland Hospice comes from statutory funds leaving a shortfall of over £11 million which must be gathered in by fundraising.

“It is shameful that this vital service has been overlooked in the recent announcement, particularly at a time when MPs from Northern Ireland hold the balance of power.

“The Hospice provides the sort of frontline service to people across the community which is all too often taken for granted and overlooked.

“This news helps to underscore the need for grassroots fundraising and to that end I would draw people’s attention to the fact that Ahoghill Thistle’s Gala will once again be in aid of the Hospice.

“It will take place on Saturday 26th October 2019 in Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort. Tickets can be obtained by emailing Ahoghillthistlefc@hotmail.com”.

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