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Southern Area Hospice Services have launched their much anticipated Annual Hospice Autumn Walk which will take place on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October 2019.

This year’s walk will take place on Gola Island in Co. Donegal (weather permitting- In the case of poor weather, they may have to take a different walk inland).

Gola Island is a beautiful remote island off the coast of Gweedore which is still inhabited by few locals. It is commonly known from the old Irish Ballad “Baidin Fheilimi, d´imigh go Gabhla” There is a rich history on the island where it was exclusively Gaelige speaking with remnants of an infant graveyard and local school still there. We take the ferry from Gweedore to Gola which has stunning cliff views and an amazing peaceful atmosphere.

Launching the Hospice Autumn walk were back from left: Nursing staff Mary McCoy, Bernie Ferris and Elaine Monaghan. Front are Fundraising staff Bernie Byrne and James McCaffrey.
Launching the Hospice Autumn walk were back from left: Nursing staff Mary McCoy, Bernie Ferris and Elaine Monaghan. Front are Fundraising staff Bernie Byrne and James McCaffrey.

On Saturday 5th October walkers will depart early from Southern Area Hospice (Courtenay Hill, Newry) and travel by bus to Gweedore to take the ferry to Gola. We meet with guides who will lead the walk. The walk will take approximately 4 - 5 hours to complete, covering 8 - 10 kms of stunning scenery. Walkers of all abilities are welcome. 

Walkers will stay that night at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny where they can relax and enjoy a meal at the restaurant to recover from their exertions before travelling back to Newry by coach on Sunday morning.

All the funds raised through the Hospice Autumn Walk will help Southern Area Hospice Services to continue their work providing care and support to local people who are living with Cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, such as Multiple Sclerosis and Motor Neurone Disease. With a fundraising target of £2.6 million in 2019 alone the Hospice Fundraising department relies heavily on the support of the local community in helping them to continue to provide their special care. The Autumn Walk makes a valuable contribution towards this.

To secure your place, participants are asked to pay a deposit of £50 and commit to raising a further minimum of £200 for Southern Area Hospice Services.

If you would like more information or to sign up please contact James on 028 3025 1333 or email mccaffreyj@southernareahospiceservices.org for an information pack.

 

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