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LETTER: Have a cuppa and reflect on what's really important

November 26th, 2016 5:00 PM

By Southern Star Team

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SIR – The Mercy Hospital Foundation’s Christmas Appeal will see an envelope containing a tea bag and appeal letter fall through the post boxes of homes around Munster in the coming weeks. 

Why does it contain a tea bag you ask? Well, The Mercy Hospital Foundation invites you to make a cup of tea for yourself and take a moment to think about what is really important in life this Christmas. 

As the old saying goes, there’s not a lot that a cup of tea can’t solve, but unfortunately, this does not extend to cancer. And that’s why the Mercy Hospital Foundation needs you. Imagine being thrown head-first into a world where nothing feels familiar, a world where life doesn’t feel right or real. That’s what it’s like when cancer makes its way into a family. 

Normal day-to-day routine is replaced with countless days of tests, scans, appointments, side effects, treatments, results. This new world is scary, unfair, and painful; and it’s even harder at Christmas time.

The team in St Therese’s Oncology Ward in the Mercy University Hospital try to do everything they can to help cancer patients and their families through what can be the most challenging of times, and this Christmas you can help too by donating to the Mercy Cancer Appeal. 

Martina Murphy and Maria Murphy have been working on St Therese’s Ward since it opened in 2001 and, in those 15 years, they have met hundreds of cancer patients and their families, who have experienced their kindness – and their offer of a cup of tea!

Funds raised through the Mercy Christmas Appeal will be used to purchase life-saving equipment to diagnose and treat patients; help provide services such as counselling to patients and their loved-ones; to provide psycho-oncology services that are vital to patients struggling to come to terms with their cancer diagnosis; and to provide assistance to families that simply cannot make ends meet when cancer forces them to give up work.

The Mercy Christmas Appeal is generously supported by Lyons Tea, who donated the tea bags for the appeal envelopes. For more information on The Mercy Christmas Appeal or to make a donation call 021-4274076 or visit www.mercyfundraising.ie. 

Micheál Sheridan, CEO, 

Mercy Hospital Foundation, 

Cork.

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