Wednesday, November 23, 2022

This Saturday, two local Ballina men will be kicking off a fundraising event in memory of their mothers who both sadly passed away last year.

Chris Gilmartin, from Attymass, and Paul Bourke, from Lord Edward Street in Ballina, have organised the Shave or Wax 4 Mayo Hospice event to do something positive in memory of their respective mothers, Kathleen Gilmartin and Eileen Bourke.

Chris Gilmartin and Paul Bourke are hosting the fundraiser next Saturday night, November 26.

They want to raise awareness of the work the staff do in the Mayo Hospice in Castlebar, as well as raising much-needed funds to allow the Hospice to continue their crucial work. The two men have said their families are eternally grateful to Mayo Roscommon Hospice and this is a little way of saying thanks.

“In the Hospice, both laughter and love radiated from both ladies’ rooms. In the good times and the bad, the staff were on hand to laugh and joke, support, listen, advice, and gently guide each individual in their own personal journey. The kindness they show on a daily basis, the hard work they do, the positivity that radiates from within the walls cannot be measured,” they said.

Martina Jennings, CEO of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation, said the charity is extremely grateful to the Gilmartin and Bourke families for organising this fantastic event.

“When we built the Mayo Hospice, we envisaged a special place that would feel like home for both patients and families on the difficult journey of a life-limiting illness, so it brings us great pride to hear Chris and Paul’s beautiful description of the Mayo Hospice. It is a testament to how special Eileen and Kathleen were, that so many people are involved in this event.

“The Mayo Hospice and our Community Palliative Care Team wouldn’t be here without families and communities organising events such as this, and we are so thankful to you all.”

Shave or Wax 4 Mayo Hospice will take place this Saturday at 8pm in Katie’s Corner on Abbey Street. A group of 11 men, including Chris and Paul, will be having their beards shaved while a number of volunteers will be getting body parts waxed.

There will be music and fantastic prizes from local businesses.

“This will be a great night to celebrate the lives of two fantastic strong women,” said Chris and Paul.

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