The Church of Ireland Diocese of Armagh at its Diocesan Synod in November 2014 agreed that an Annual Hospice Sunday be established and be observed by all Church of Ireland Parishes throughout the Diocese of Armagh.
The Annual Hospice Sunday appeal is co-ordinated each year by the Reverend Matthew Hagan, rector of Tynan, Aghavilly and Middletown Group of Parishes Co. Armagh. Reverend Hagan is the representative for all Hospices throughout Northern Ireland on the UK wide Board of the Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Chaplains (AHPCC).
Hospice Sunday began in 2014 and takes place on the first Sunday of November each year and including Gift Aid the money raised to date is £61,000 which includes almost £20,000 from the November 2016 Hospice Sunday Appeal.
The money has now been distributed to the following Hospices: The Southern Area Hospice, Newry; The Northern Ireland Hospice, Belfast (which includes the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice) and The Foyle Hospice, Londonderry. Therefore depending on where the parish or parishes are within the Diocese of Armagh the money raised by each parish throughout the Diocese of Armagh has been given to their local Hospice.
Rev. Hagan commented: ‘ All hospices throughout Northern Ireland depend greatly on the support of the public when it comes to raising much needed funding for their hospice on an annual basis. I am extremely pleased at the magnificent amount of money that has been raised for hospice care in Northern Ireland through the generosity of the parishioners throughout the Diocese of Armagh and I encourage other Dioceses in the Church of Ireland to set up a similar initiative to support the wonderful hospice care afforded to those people in our communities who need this high level of care. I can assure the many parishioners in the Diocese of Armagh that their generosity will undoubtedly benefit the excellent level of patient care in local Hospices. My sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed to the Hospice Sunday appeal.’