A STRABANE woman is encouraging locals to get out and zumba their socks off in a bid to raise much needed funds for the Foyle Hospice.
Ciara Haughey has organised a charity Zumbathon in memory of her granny Margaret Haughey who passed away in June this year.
Ciara explained, “Earlier this year my granny passed away in the Foyle Hospice. For the final days of her life, myself and my family saw first hand, the fantastic care and compassion she received as she neared the final days of her life. Not only do the staff in the hospice work tirelessly to maintain the comfort and dignity of the patients, the support we received through some of the most terrible and surreal few weeks helped us all in the wider family circle come to terms and deal with the imminent outcome.
“Words cannot describe the appreciation and thanks we have for every member of the team in the Foyle Hospice. They were so personal and approachable and provided support not just for my granny but also for everyone in the wider family circle, and they were so understanding of what we were going through.
“I had always heard about the Foyle Hospice but it wasn’t until granny was there that I realised how much they did. And they only have 10 beds so there is only a limited number of people they can help,” Ciara explained.
“It is such a vital facility which caters for the majority of families in the North West who find themselves in a situation where a loved one has been placed in palliative care and its therefore so important to do anything possible to keep it going.”
So come September 14 there is only one place you will find Ciara – and that’s on the dancefloor at the Presbyterian Church on the Derry Road in Strabane. Helping Ciara with her fund-raising initiative is zumba teacher Sarah Barrett who runs regular zumba classes in the town.
So if you are free on Saturday, September 14 get along between 2-5pm and dance, dance, dance. You don’t have to have attended zumba before, everyone is welcome to come along if they can.
* You can also donate via Ciara’s JustGiving page or in her father Brian’s shop in the Ballycolman where there are Foyle Hospice buckets located. Any donation big or small will be appreciated.
Posted: 6:35 pm September 13, 2019