Demand for the services provided by Northern Ireland Hospice continues to grow year on year, with cancer related diagnosis on the rise and the demand for a palliative approach to other terminal conditions now a necessity.
As a specialist palliative care organisation, offering in-patient and community based services, and the only provider of Children's Hospice services in NI, we are now focused on shaping our organisation to be appropriately scoped and scaled to meet the emerging needs of the next generation.
To expand our reach, we continue to lobby for improved statutory funding for core services, however the vision is to build a composite model of sustainability.
To do this, we rely on advocates, or ‘Ambassadors’, who can bring a multi-disciplinary skill set to the organisation. Presently, we have a number of celebrity, business and community Ambassadors.
Find out more on how our extra special #TEAMNIHOSPICE members support NI Hospice:
In March 2018, Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell became an Ambassador for Northern Ireland Hospice. Campbell, a former Rathmore Grammar School pupil, progressed in the rock arena with bands such as Dio, Whitesnake and Riverdogs before joining Def Leppard in 1992. He has released a number of top albums with the Sheffield rockers such as Slang, Euphoria, Songs from the Sparkle Lounge and most recently the self-titled album which received critical acclaim.
Carnlough-born Brendan became an official Ambassador of Northern Ireland Hospice in March 2016.Brendan’s managerial skills were evident with his successes with Chelsea Youth and with Liverpool FC. During his first season at Celtic, he won an historic domestic Treble and secured a place in the Champions League for the club.
Eamonn Holmes became an official Ambassador of Northern Ireland Hospice in September 2017. Eamonn Holmes is the UK’s longest serving Breakfast TV anchor. A household name, the north-Belfast born Manchester United fanatic started his career in Belfast, at UTV, aged just 19. Eamonn hosted “Sunrise with Eamonn Holmes” on Sky News for more than a decade, earning him critical acclaim.He continues to host a wide variety of programmes on both TV and Radio including the top rated Channel 5 Documentary Series "How The Other Half Lives" with his wife Ruth Langsford. Eamonn and Ruth also regularly co-host ITV1’s This Morning.
Our Volunteer Ambassador Adrian Logan, a well-known TV and Radio personality, was a fixture of many living rooms during UTV’s Sports report each night on UTV Live.
Tyrone man Adrian became our Volunteer Ambassador during Volunteers Week in June 2018. He will represent volunteers in our Adult and Children's Hospice and promote volunteering for Hospice throughout Northern Ireland.
Tom McKibbin became an official Ambassador of Northern Ireland Children’s in May 2016, the same year he rose to prominence when he shocked the youth golfing scene by winning the World Championships in Florida. A Belfast Royal Academy pupil, Tom spends time visiting Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice and supporting campaigns.
International football star Simone Magill became an official Ambassador for NI Children’s Hospice in November 2017. A sports education graduate, Magill became the first player from Northern Ireland to become a professional with an English Premier League club when she joined Everton in 2013. In the 2014/15 season, Everton fans voted her Player of the Season. She marked her international debut for Northern Ireland aged just 15.
Gerry Armstrong became an official ambassador for Northern Ireland Hospice in July 2018. Gerry, who originates from Country Tyrone, found fame through International Football. He represented the Northern Ireland national football team during the 1982 FIFA World Cup, in which he scored against Spain on their home ground, Valencia. Gerry then moved to Spain to continue his football career with RCD Mallorca. Gerry now works for Sky as a Sports Commentator and Analyst.