Belfast family and friends raise £26,000 for Northern Ireland Hospice in Aileen’s memory

The family and friends of a Belfast woman, who passed away suddenly aged just 46 before Christmas last year, have raised more than £26,000 for Northern Ireland Hospice.

The family and friends of a Belfast woman, who passed away suddenly aged just 46 before Christmas last year, have raised more than £26,000 for Northern Ireland Hospice.

Stephen McGeown, whose wife Aileen sadly passed away after her brave and dignified battle with pancreatic cancer was joined by his son Conal and close family and friends as they all embarked on a personal fitness challenge during the recent pandemic lockdown.

Together, Stephen and ‘Team Aileen’ walked, ran and cycled 800 miles, the equivalent distance between Malin Head to MizenHead and back, whilst raising vital funds for  Northern Ireland Hospice where Aileen received palliative care during her illness.

Stephen initially set out to raise £2,000, but thanks to the generosity of friends, family and colleagues; he has now raised over £25,000 for Northern Ireland Hospice.

Proud husband Stephen said: 

“I was very pleased with the positive response we received, and the amazing amount of money raised in Aileen’s memory, which will help the NI Hospice continue their invaluable work.

Aileen was a wonderful mum, wife, and friend who is sorely missed.  She was a truly inspirational woman who has given us the strength and courage to remain strong now and into the future.”

Mary McCall, Director of Commercial and Brand Development at Northern Ireland Hospice added:

 “We are incredibly grateful to have received this incredible donation from the McGeown family and friends. The Coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on our income, and we are reliant on support and donations from our local community, now more than ever.

 The Northern Ireland Hospice currently cares for over 4,000 patients and families each year, and we are thankful that Stephen and his family were able to benefit from our service, and that their experience motivated them to ensure that the same care and compassion can be offered to others in the community". 

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