Belfast landlady raises a glass in dad’s memory

20 December 2018

Belfast landlady Nicole McLoughlin, who owns The Monico Bars in Belfast, has raised an amazing £12,755.34 for Northern Ireland Hospice following `Purple October` challenge.

Nicole was inspired to fundraise for Northern Ireland Hospice after the Hospice cared for her late father, Tony Diver, in 2017.

During the month of October, Nicole organised various fundraising events to raise vital funds for the Hospice, such as a Zumbathon, Karaoke Night, Quiz Night and a Man Wax, as well as completing an abseil and the Belfast Marathon relay challenge.

Nicole said: “Northern Ireland Hospice is a charity close to my heart. My dad passed away in May 2017 and it was only with the help of the Hospice Nurse Specialists that he was able to spend his last few weeks at home with his family. 

“This was one of the most difficult experiences we have been through but it was made easier by the compassion and care shown not only to my dad, but to all of us by our Hospice Nurse, Leeann.

“Leeann kept in contact with us daily through regular visits and telephone calls and it was very reassuring to have someone to turn to.  Death can be a very traumatic event, but Leeann ensured my dad did not suffer and helped maintain his dignity.

“In the last few weeks we were able to make some final memories together as a family which we could not have done if we were not in our own home environment. I will always be grateful to the Hospice for giving us this time together as a family.

“I’ve experienced first-hand the amazing care and services that Northern Ireland Hospice provides to patients and their loved ones, both at home am and in the Hospice”.

Michael Nugent, Regional Fundraiser at NI Hospice added: “I am absolutely delighted with the amount that Nicole and her family and friends have raised to date for the Hospice. The commitment, dedication and enthusiasm that they have shown towards their fundraising is amazing, we can’t thank them enough”.