Auction of signage was completed in November and Redcastle Oceanfront Golf and Spa had the winning bid of €1,200 for this year. Sincere thanks to Feleena McCallion and all at Redcastle Oceanfront Golf and Spa for their continued support.
The nurses from the NUIG Masters and Post-grad course graduated in November. How proud are we of these wonderful hard-working nurses who have returned to study (as well as work) in children’s palliative care and complex care. Sincere thanks to Claire Quinn and NUIG for allowing us to be part of the process in this small way and well done to all of the graduates for 2018!
Santa Claus the movie was aired in Century Cinema in Letterkenny. Sponsored and organised by Rushe Fitness and Maria Rushe (The S Mum). We shared the amazing amount raised with the Jack and Jill Foundation and have another €1,100 each for our charities. Thank you to all who attended the film, organised and sponsored the event. It is a magical event where children are involved. That makes it so special, at this time of year.
A little video of the year’s round-up is on its way. We aim to have much more to celebrate and tell you about in 2019.
The magic continues. We love and miss you always Victoria. xx
Recently we have been very lucky to have more support from some very dedicated people.
The new owners of the Foyle Hotel, Brian and Brenda McDermott presented us with a cheque for €1,000. This was collected at the huge book launch of Brian McDermott’s successful cookbook Donegal Table. Local support is special and unending. Thank you to everyone who donated prizes for the raffle on the night, and to all those who purchased tickets. We are extremely grateful.
Sarah Barr, Counsellor at New Beginnings, is one of our main supporters since the very early days of Victoria’s illness. In recent months, Sarah has undertaken two events for the scholarship. The first was a Baby Bump painting afternoon. Monies donated and collected from this gorgeous event went to our charity.
We want to thank all involved on the day. Those who donated these beautiful gifts (and more) above, and to all those who kindly contributed in anyway.
Caroline Doherty then joined Sarah, in a collection day in Buncrana! The joint take for both events, is a wonderful €320! Sincere appreciation to all who stopped with these fine ladies and donated on the day.
Our signage at the entrance to Moville village will also be up for auction shortly. Details of this will be posted to the Facebook page and we will try to spread the news by word-of -mouth, so that local business can be involved, if they so wish. Last year, Redcastle Oceanfront Golf and Spa won the auction. They gave us €1,000 for the use of the sign. Thank you to the staff and management of Redcastle Hotel.
The ladies sailing race in memory of Victoria is taking place on 22nd September this year. In advance, we wish to extend our thanks to Moville Boat Club, the boat owners, skippers and crews.
Thank you to all those who are keeping the magic alive.
It is with great emotion and pleasure we attended the presentation for this year’s winner of The Victoria Thompson Scholarship in NUIG on March 13th. Victoria’s scholarship is linked with the prestigious Masters/Post-grad in Children’s palliative care and complex care in NUIG university.
Claire Lynott applied with other course participants in this the second year of the scholarship competition. Her winner entry was selected when marked by the committee for the Victoria Thompson Scholarship. Six applications were received on the topic of ‘How the scholarship and course will benefit my future career in palliative care and complex care’ and the standard was extremely high.
We want to thank the course and its director, Claire Quinn for all their hard work and dedication on this highly credited course. NUIG are very forward in their thinking and compassion, in making this course the first of it kind in Ireland. Their continued and expanding interest in children’s palliative care studies is greatly appreciated. Without such courses, terminally ill children in Ireland would be relying on ad hoc services and training. The nurses who take part in the course are highly dedicated to the sector and work closely with families who need their specialised care.
It makes us glad to know that into the future nurses will be more readily available for children, like Victoria, who receive a devastating diagnosis.
The Victoria Thompson Scholarship registered as a charity and fundraisers have happened and will continue to happen in memory of Victoria, who died in 2012, after receiving palliative care due to a rare disease.
There will be more exciting news for us coming soon and we want to thank everyone, all of our supporters, donors, funders and supporters, for helping us advance children’s palliative care in Ireland.
The S-Mum, Maria Rushe contacted me and asked if we’d like to be on board the Polar Express adventure on December 2nd 2017.
Although we aware of Maria’s awarding winning blog, we had never met her. Golden tickets were printed and she sold out in 90 minutes! But I know that a great deal of time and organisation went into raising the €1,000 for our scholarship (and another €1,000 went to the wonderful Jack and Jill Foundation.)
We got a present of tiny bells on joining the excited queue. Of course the children had to get their photos taken with the Conductor Emmet who punched their special tickets (Rushe Fitness sponsor and husband of Maria is the conductor.) We took our seats with an excited packed cinema.
Presenting the cheque to us, for funds already in our account, shows you the organisation of Maria Rushe.
The overall tally is now a whopping €1,000 each for the two charities.
Christmas is hard for those who’ve lost loved-ones. Having this event told us that although we are without Victoria again this Christmas ….. her magic lives on. Thank you to all involved and to all who came. The spontaneous tinkle of those bells when Santa arrived on screen was very moving.
Large gratitude to Rushe Fitness, The S-Mum and Century Cinemas. Although Victoria never got to the cinema – she has now, in her own little magical way.
Thank you Maria Rushe x The S-Mum from all at The Victoria Thompson Scholarship.
It has taken a few days to come around following Tommy Tiernan ‘s comedy show ‘Under the Influence’ in Letterkenny.
We started this Scholarship as a small token to remember Victoria and suddenly it was linked to Nuig university’s Masters course in children’s palliative care and complex care. One small email and Tommy was coming to present our bursaries to hardworking nurses.
Then he kindly offers to do a big gig!!!
Walking into a room like the one below moved us so much. 800+ people were there. It never ceases to amaze us what Victoria inspires.
So much for a small plan. 💗
Thank you to all involved recently in helping the scholarship.
To Tommy, Yvonne and the whole Tommedian team – you are magic. Thank you.
The Tommy Tiernan comedy show is on tonight in Letterkenny. (Doors open at 7:30 pm) We want to thank all those who are making this happen (Yvonne, Tommy’s team, Aiken promotions) and all those attending and of course the man himself – Tommy. We love and miss Victoria always and her magic doesn’t seem to want to stop. On we roll … and we hope the tears tonight are ones of laughter.
Geraldine Kealey and all in Sligo’s Skreen and Dromard Community Centre and Girl Guide Troop are doing a social dance on 30th Sept. Please try to come along. It starts 10pm. €10 admission.
Ciaran Rosney playing the music. Raffles and prizes galore. Love to see you there.
Huge thank you to all the contributors and organisers. We really appreciate children’s groups helping our children’s charity.
Thank you. X
WHEN CELEBRITIES GET IT AND HELP.. Thank you Tommy Tiernan.
Wonderful piece in Donegal Woman about Tommy Tiernan’s recognition of our charity and nurses excellence and leadership in children’s palliative care developments nationally