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Hollywood star calls on the public to Join the Jingle for the Children’s Hospice

01 November 2018

Ballymena movie star Liam Neeson, famous for his roles in Taken, Batman Begins, Love Actually and Schindler's List, has weighed in behind Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice Jingle All the Way Christmas campaign by voicing his support in a short social media video filmed from his home in Manhattan.

The fundraising campaign, now in its second year, is already capturing the hearts and minds of local businesses, organisations, schools, clubs, churches and individuals across Northern Ireland. The ambitious fundraising campaign aims to generate £250,000 in the run up to Christmas to help secure hours of specialist hospice care for children and their families. Hours of care will be raised through numerous Jingle All the Way events which are already planned across Northern Ireland to help raise vital hours of care for Northern Ireland’s only Children’s Hospice.

Showing his support for the campaign, Liam Neeson said: “Last year all you amazing people of Northern Ireland ‘Joined the Jingle’ for Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice. We need you again this year to make the Children’s Hospice Jingle bigger and better. Your support, no matter how little or large, will make a real difference.

“Right now, there are local kids and their families living in your area who need your support. If everyone reaches out in their own local communities, we can make this a ‘Jingle All the Way’ to remember. What are you waiting for? Organise an office Jingle Jumper Day; Jingle and Mingle; Jingle Jam or do the Reindeer 5k run or Rudolph ramble at Stormont”.

All profits raised from this year’s campaign will enable NI Children’s Hospice to continue to provide infants, children and young people living with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses specialist palliative care. Each year, it costs £3.82 million to provide Children’s Hospice services, both at hospice and in the family home. The charity relies heavily on the generosity and support of the local community to help fund its services.

Sheila Duffy, Head of Fundraising at Northern Ireland Hospice added: “We’re delighted that Liam Neeson has got behind the Children’s Hospice Jingle All the Way campaign. We’re already overwhelmed by the support and pledges from local towns across NI. One little girl has already raised £14,000 for the campaign. We are inspired everyday by the families who need this service and specialist care and we’re encouraging everyone in Northern Ireland to get behind the campaign and help to make Christmas at NI Children’s Hospice even more special this year. Join the Jingle by visiting www.nihospice.org/jingle today”.

The campaign is kindly being supported by Forever Living, Q Radio and Mallusk Harriers and a range of corporates and local businesses. For more information on Jingle All the Way and how you can get involved, visit www.nihospice.org/jingle or email jingle@nihospice.org

Liam’s full video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRC-QbVESgc