Glengormley pupils back Hospice campaign

Glengormley Integrated Primary School backs NI Hospice: Pictured are principal Nigel Arnold, Emily White, Dylan Thompson and Jim Devlin, chairperson of the PTA.

Glengormley Integrated Primary School backs NI Hospice: Pictured are principal Nigel Arnold, Emily White, Dylan Thompson and Jim Devlin, chairperson of the PTA.

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Glengormley Integrated Primary School has launched its fundraising drive for the NI Hospice’s Wall of Hope campaign.

The appeal focuses on local schools raising funds for the relatives’ room and children’s play area in the new hospice at Somerton Road.

The children will take part in a number of sporting challenges to raise monies for, and awareness of, the Hospice’s capital appeal.

Principal Nigel Arnold said: “It was an easy decision to support the Wall of Hope appeal given the wonderful work of the Northern Ireland Hospice. The event will take place on the February 28 when we hope to go the extra mile for our local hospice.”

John Philips, Community Fundraiser for Northern Ireland Hospice added: “I would like to sincerely thank Glengormley Integrated Primary for their continued support for Northern Ireland Hospice. Last year Hospice cared for 3,024 patients with life-limiting conditions and their families, both in Hospice and in the community - 283 of these patients were from the Newtownabbey area.

“Before Christmas 2012 we closed the doors to Somerton House and moved patients to our temporary unit at Whiteabbey Hospital. A state of the art hospice facility is planned for the current site at Somerton Road, but to make that happen we need to raise £3 million. The support for our Buy a Brick Campaign from local individuals and organisations is very much appreciated and will help us create a solid foundation for hospice care in Northern Ireland.”

For more information about Northern Ireland Hospice or fundraising opportunities, contact John Philips on 07711 377287or email john.philips@nihospice.org