THE Irish Cancer Society thanks the Portlaoise Daffodil Day committee, who raised €13,500 to fund free supports for people affected by cancer.
The committee presented a cheque to Emma Hayden, Irish Cancer Society, at a recent event in the Killeshin Hotel. The money was raised by street sales and coffee mornings/evenings, all of which were generously supported by local people.
The society receives just two per cent of its funding from the state and needs to raise one-fifth of its income through daffodil day donations alone to meet the growing demand for support. Locally, the society provides a number of services including night nursing, which cares for terminally ill cancer patients at home. Last year, 49 cancer patients in Laois received 193 nights of care, a service made possible by public donations.
Emma Hayden, community fundraiser, Irish Cancer Society said: “We are so thankful and heartened by the generosity of the committee and members of the public for the support they have shown for our most crucial fundraiser. Money raised on daffodil day funds lifesaving cancer research and vital support services for people with cancer. This money is essential to ensure we can meet the growing demand so that no one has to face cancer alone.”