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13 December 2013

Law Society Cements Hospice Charity Partnership

In the photo from left to right is Ellen Hillen, Corporate Fundraising Manager and Richard Palmer, President of the Law Society

The Northern Ireland Hospice’s ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign has been given a boost with the announcement that the Law Society of Northern Ireland has chosen the Hospice as its  charity of the year.

The Law Society is supporting the Hospice’s ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign through a series of fundraising activities and all of the money raised by its members will go directly towards the building of the new hospice facility on Somerton Road in Belfast.

Richard Palmer, President & Ellen Hillen, Corporate Fundraising ManagerIt is anticipated that the new facilities at Somerton House will be a hospice fit for the future and will accommodate 18 single en-suite bedrooms each opening out to its own garden and offering space for patients and their families.

At the heart of the new building will be an internal courtyard garden and the Day Hospice and Education and Research Centre will each have their own entrance.  It will be a centre of excellence for hospice care delivering a first class service to patients, families and the Northern Ireland community.



Launching the partnership at Law Society House, the Society’s new President, Richard Palmer said:

“The Law Society is delighted to be working in partnership with the Northern Ireland Hospice as our chosen charity of the year. The plans for the new Somerton House are inspiring and we look forward to supporting the ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign and encouraging our members to get involved in the fundraising activities”.

Delighted about the partnership and the exciting plans ahead, Ellen Hillen, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Northern Ireland Hospice said:

“We are very grateful to the Law Society for choosing Hospice as its charity of the year and supporting us during this important phase as we seek to redevelop Somerton House and build upon the services provided by our staff to those most in need.  

 The dedication and energy already demonstrated by the members is encouraging. In Northern Ireland 1 in 3 people will have been touched by Hospice care and charity partnerships such as that with the Law Society play a vital role in helping us maintain local Hospice services. They are also crucial in helping us to rebuild our new hospice.”

The new hospice will take 18 months to complete with contractors expected on site in early 2014.  The Buy a Brick campaign has a public fundraising target of £3m and already £1.4m has been raised. 



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