A Big Bucket Collection that took place in 18 towns and villages has raised £29,177.40 for the Southern Area Hospice in just one day.
A total of 207 volunteers came out in force on Friday, March 24 across the Southern Trust, with the aim to raise £30,000 for the hospice, which is based in Newry.
Fundraising officer James McCaffrey said: “We were so close to reaching this year’s target, but we are still over the moon with our final total raised in one day.
“We are truly amazed and thankful for the communities’ outstanding support shown to us.”
Street collections took place in Armagh, Banbridge, Lurgan, Portadown, Dungannon, Moy, Benburb, Markethill, Aughnacloy, Camlough, Bessbrook, Crossmaglen, Newry, Rathfriland, Mayobridge, Kilkeel, Rostrevor and Warrenpoint.
Fundraising officer Sarah O’Hare said: “Its amazing what we have raised in just one day for hospice, and it is down to our wonderful volunteers who donated their valuable time to collect on our behalf.
“The weather was not on our side that day, so we cannot thank them enough and to every single person who donated on the day. We’re also so grateful for local shops who allowed us to hold collections in their stores as well. It really all adds up.”
Southern Area Hospice Services provides specialist palliative care and support to adults who live primarily within the Southern Trust Area and must raise £3.2 million per year to continue their vital services.
To find out more or to become a registered volunteer for the Southern Area Hospice visit southernareahospiceservices.org.