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Armagh Diocese raise over £20,000 for Hospices through annual appeal

Rev. Matthew Hagan (Annual Hospice Sunday Appeal Co-ordinator) presenting a cheque for £16,962.00 to Siobhan McArdle (Fund-raising manager, Southern Area Hospice, Newry).

The Annual Hospice Sunday Appeal in the Church of Ireland Diocese of Armagh has been taking place since it began in 2014.

The initiative was the concept of the Rev. Matthew Hagan, Rector of Tynan, Aghavilly and Middletown Group of Parishes in Co. Armagh and to date the appeal has raised over £200,000 for Hospice care.

Amazingly in 2021, despite the Coronavirus pandemic when Church of Ireland Churches were closed for periods of time an amazing £21,670.00 was contributed to the 2021 Annual Hospice Sunday Appeal by the many different parishes.

£19,973.00 including Gift Aid was donated to the Southern Area Hospice, Newry; £932.00 to Foyle Hospice, Londonderry and £765.00 to NI Hospice, Belfast.

Rev. Hagan who co-ordinates the appeal each year stated: “ It is very encouraging the amount of genuine support the hospice appeal is given each year especially during this time of the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.

“I am truly grateful that in 2021 over £20,000.00 has been donated and distributed to each parish’s local hospice. I very sincerely wish to thank the Rector, Select Vestry and the parishioners of each parish who made contributions – your support for hospice care is very much needed in these very volatile times in healthcare settings. Please continue to support the appeal and thank you.”

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