ACTOR Liam Neeson has donned a Christmas jumper and made a special video to support the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice ‘Jingle All the Way’ Christmas campaign.
The fundraising campaign aims to raise £250,000 this year.
Liam Neeson is reaching out to businesses, organisations, schools, clubs, churches and individuals.
A number of events will be held in the Ballymena area and there will be a collection this Friday night (November 2) at the Ballymena United versus Glenavon match.
In the video, big Liam said: “Last year, all you amazing people of Northern Ireland ‘joined the Jingle’ for Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.
“Together you raised a staggering £167,000 and provided life-changing care for the bravest of children and their families, that is incredible.
“From the bottom of my heart thank you. We need you again this year to make the Children’s Hospice bigger and better. Your support, no matter how little or large, will make a real difference.
“Right now, there are local kids and their families living in your area who need your help. If everyone reaches out in their own local communities, we can make this a ‘Jingle All the Way’ to remember.
“What are you waiting for? Organise an office Jingle Jumper Day; Jingle and Mingle; Jingle Jam or do the Reindeer 5k run or Rudolph Ramble at Stormont on Sunday 9th December. Get involved at NIhospice.org. Please. And thank you again,” ended the actor.
All profits raised from this year’s charity campaign will enable NI Children’s Hospice to continue to provide infants, children and young people living with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses specialist palliative care.
Each year, it costs £3.82 million to provide Children’s Hospice services, both at hospice and in the family home. The charity relies heavily on the generosity and support of the local community to help fund its services.
Sheila Duffy, Head of Fundraising at Northern Ireland Hospice, added: “We’re delighted that Liam Neeson has got behind the Children’s Hospice Jingle All the Way campaign.
“We’re already overwhelmed by the support and pledges from local towns across NI. One little girl has already raised £14,000 for the campaign.
“We are inspired everyday by the families who need this service and specialist care and we’re encouraging everyone in Northern Ireland to get behind the campaign and help to make Christmas at NI Children’s Hospice even more special this year. Join the Jingle by visiting www.nihospice.org/jingle today”.