HEALTH: Marymount Hospice seeks volunteer collectors for Sunflower Days

31 May 2017
By Elaine Murphy

Sunflower Days is a national campaign for hospices, with all monies raised locally staying local

Marymount University Hospital and Hospice urgently needs volunteers to support its Sunflower Days – which are taking part throughout Cork city and county on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th June.

If you are interesting in helping out at a street or shopping centre collection on either day please get in touch today at or call the fundraising team on 021 4501201.

The collections days are an important fundraising initiative for the Cork-based charity and it aims to raise €70,000 this year through Sunflower Days. In 2016 Marymount supported more than 3,000 families in the Cork area.

Speaking at the launch, Anne McAtamney, Assistant Director of Nursing of the Palliative Care services, said: “We need the public’s support to continue to provide our much-needed services including day care facilities, our specialist palliative care wards, community outreach teams and our services for older people. We are so grateful to the community of Cork who help us as much as they do and your support of Sunflower Days would be really appreciated.”

“We are looking forward to meeting people throughout the Sunflower Days on the streets of Cork City and towns, but we urgently need more volunteers to support our collections so please get in touch if you can help,” said Paula McGovern, Head of Fundraising and Communications with Marymount.

“One of our hard-working volunteers Doreen Walsh was giving the title of Sunflower Hero at the recent launch in Dublin for all of her hard work in supporting the important days for the hospice,” said Ms McGovern. “If you can help on the days, please get in touch. But please don’t forget to buy your sunflowers on the day at any of our collections. Alternatively you can text Marymount to 50300 to donate €4 – a minimum of €3.25 goes to Marymount.SP: Likecharity Helpline: 0766805278.”

Speaking at the launch, Mary Kennedy said: “I’m encouraging everyone to support Sunflower Days. By simply buying a sunflower from one of our volunteers you are helping to bring comfort and dignity to people at end of life.”

To get in touch please email, call 021 4501201 or go to

Marymount needs to raise 30% of its income or €3million each year to continue to provide its services to the Cork community.

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