Tue 5th Jul 2016
NI Hospice chosen as NI Chamber Charity of the Year
NI Chamber’s new President Nick Coburn has chosen the NI Hospice as the organisation’s charity for the year.
The Hospice provides specialist care to children, young people and adults with life-limiting illness. Its aim in both the adult and children’s service is to provide the best quality of life for patients and their families in the Hospice and in the community.
The charity recently opened a new £13 million state-of-the-art adult hospice on the Somerton Road in Belfast which has the equipment and staff expertise to enable it to reach out beyond cancer care and offer palliative and end-of-life services to those with conditions such as dementia, motor neurone disease and respiratory illnesses.
NI Chamber President Nick Coburn said:
“Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry is delighted to nominate the NI Hospice as our charity of the year. The work the charity does is phenomenal in caring for patients and offering support to families. It costs £6 million a year to keep the Hospice services running and 60 per cent of this figure must be raised through voluntary donations. We look forward to helping raise much needed funds for the charity.”
Northern Ireland Hospice CEO Heather Weir said:
“In congratulating Nick Coburn to the prestigious role of President of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, Northern Ireland Hospice also welcomes the appointment of our organisation as one of his chosen charities during his Presidential term. This opportunity could not have been better timed for Northern Ireland Hospice which recently opened a new £13m dementia-friendly hospice in Belfast.
“Continued support is vital for the highest-quality palliative care services we provide at our new facility and in the community, as well as our programmes that have placed Northern Ireland at the forefront of palliative care education and research. We look forward to working alongside Mr Coburn and to a successful partnership.”