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.