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Supporting the Northern Ireland Hospice

As well as supporting individual people and families, Fintan’s Fund is committed to supporting other charities working with those affected by cancer.

One such charity which is close to our hearts is the Northern Ireland Hospice. Fintan received pain management support from a dedicated hospice nurse at home. We also spent some time in the inpatient unit, then temporarily housed in the grounds of Whiteabbey Hospital. The work of the hospice nurses, support staff and volunteers is invaluable to patients and their families in times of vulnerability.

After attending an event about the new hospice building we became aware of the difficulty faced in raising funds and ensuring the project could be completed. We were surprised by how much of the hospice budget is resourced by fundraising revenue.

We got chatting to members of the fundraising team and began discussing what contribution we could make.

I attended a tour of the building site and worked alongside the fundraising team and project manager to decide what equipment would be most useful. We wanted to provide something related to young adults but that would still be a valuable resource for other age groups.

Each in-patient room is equipped with a television so Apple TVs were suggested to enable patients and their families to connect their phones and tablets, watch videos, listen to music or show photos. We also thought Smart TVs would be useful for accessing apps such as iPlayer and interactive monitors for waiting rooms to guide visitors and communicate important information.

On Friday 9th September 2016, we presented a cheque for £5289.60 to the NI Hospice to cover these costs. We know they will assist in making a hospice stay more comfortable, entertaining and home-like.

The Hospice have also created a tribute fund in Fintan’s name so any future donations can be added to this legacy. His name will also be added to a sculpture in Monkstown Wood.

We hope we can continue to support the work of the NI Hospice in the future and would like to thank Jonny Smyth for the time and effort involved in making this possible.

Fintan’s Fund values all memories – some are energetic and boisterous, others are made quietly, sitting side by side, not even talking at all.

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Rachael

Robyn and Michael do Dublin

Earlier this year it was our pleasure to organise a weekend getaway for Robyn and Michael.

These young newlyweds hadn’t been able to enjoy time away alone due to hospital visits and treatment scheduling so we booked them onto the Enterprise and whisked them into Dublin by taxi. They enjoyed a two night stay at The Morgan Hotel in Temple Bar which combined a boutique décor and service with a central location.

The hotel uphold superb customer service standards and provided a complimentary room upgrade to make the stay even more comfortable.

We received this lovely message and photo upon their return:

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‘After being diagnosed with cancer both my husband and myself felt like our lives revolved around hospitals and appointments. We weren’t able to get away and spend time together as a couple. Then we were told about Fintan’s Fund, so we contacted them and they made it possible for us to get a weekend away just the two of us. Our weekend break in Dublin was amazing and allowed Michael and myself to enjoy ourselves and have fun. Fintan’s Fund were amazing and sorted the whole weekend for us so all we had to do was go and have a great time. We cannot thank Fintan’s Fund enough for allowing us the opportunity to spend time together as a normal married couple and make such fantastic memories.’

Thanks for your kind words Robyn, it was our pleasure!!

If you know someone we could arrange something for fill out our enquiry form.

Launch Fundraising Prize Draw

In honour of our official launch on Saturday 12th September 2015, we are running a fundraising prize draw.

Here is a little poem/rap by Cabbage to fill you in on the details:

Roses are red
Violets are blue
My name is Cabbage
And I’ve presents for you

We are having our dinner
At the Stormont Estate
Wee Rachael is buzzing
She really can’t wait

We’ve had one small hiccup
But you needn’t worry
Between our brains trust
It was fixed in a hurry

On Saturday in Stormont
There can be no cash in hand
So we’ll hold our raffle
Before our big band

We have three sets of prizes
I’m sure you’ll be thrilled
Our prize recruiters
Have used all their skills

We have a night in The Merchant
And a signed golfing flag
But they are small fish
To the rest of the bag

We have a week in the Alps
For a group of 10
For girls and for boys
And for wives or their men

Now look down below
For specifics on that
I’m running out of rhyme words
That something, something cat

We have acquired 3 incredible prizes from Dubai Duty Free, The Merchant and friends of the Hillyard family.

1. A flag from the 2015 Irish Open Golf signed by world number one golfer Rory McIlroy

2. An overnight stay in The Merchant Hotel Belfast with dinner for two

3. (and my favourite) A ONE WEEK STAY IN A CHALET IN THE FRENCH ALPS FOR UP TO TEN PEOPLE IN JANUARY OR MARCH!!!!!

To enter follow click here. Each ticket = 1 entry. You can buy as many entries as you like. The draw will be made on Sunday 20th September 2015 and results posted here and on the Fintan’s Fund facebook page.

Thanks for entering and good luck!!

Rachael

Hello world!

We are Fintan’s Fund and we would like to support young adults with cancer by giving them access to free and discounted services in Northern Ireland or by creating a bespoke experience for them and their family or friend to enjoy.

During Fintan’s time with cancer we tried to pack in as much fun as possible to allow us an escape from hospitals and worry.

I thought I would share some of our memories with you to give you some inspiration and ideas of what you might like to get up to.

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We enjoyed a lot of weekends away at spa hotels around Ireland, this is us ready to hit the spa at Farnham Estate in Cavan. Not only did we enjoy relaxing and unwinding but we were big fans of hotel breakfast buffets!

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We also went to lots of comedy shows to try and lighten our spirits and indulge in some belly laughs. While at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival we saw Sam Lloyd (Ted from Scrubs) in a one man show which was hilarious and impressive!

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Fintan was also a massive music lover so we tried to go to as many concerts a possible. Someone donated us free tickets to T Vital to see Bastille and The Killers and ensured we had all our access needs met.

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We also enjoyed as much physical activity as possible, the picture above is us cycling around the Ulster countryside on rented bikes. We stopped plenty along the way and Fintan took lots of videos making fun of my cycling ability! The fresh air and nature can be really rejuvenating.

Finally, an activity I didn’t partake in. A former work colleague of Fintan’s had his pilot’s licence and took him flying over County Down, he said it was amazing seeing everything from above.

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Hopefully these memories give you some ideas of things to do. Don’t forget, if they aren’t listed in our ready-to-go section, you can still request us to arrange it for you here

Enjoy planning some memory-making,
Rachael

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