Presentation of this year’s scholarship March 2018.

 

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.

Baby Bump Painting Fundraiser for Maternal Mental Health.

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To celebrate World Maternal Mental Health & to raise awareness for Maternal Mental Health in Donegal, New Beginnings, Simply Birth Donegal & Donegal Doula & Placenta Encapsulation Services have came up with an idea 👇

🤰Baby Bump Painting is an event for mums-to-be & mums in Donegal🤰
Let’s start the conversation & make our wellness a priority 👌

 Save the Date:

The event will be hosted in New Beginnings Wellness Hub, Letterkenny, Saturday 5th May. More details will be released at a further date.

🌸 New Beginnings Wellness Hub has an holistic approach to wellness & we are delighted to have the following inspirational Donegal mothers guest speaking on the day:

🔸️Anne from Simply Birth Donegal
🔸️ Caroline from Donegal Doula & Placenta Encapsulation Services
🔸️ Glenda from Gutsy World
🔸️ Maria aka The S-Mum
🔸️ Julie from Parent Hub, Donegal
🔸️ Sarah from New Beginnings.
🔸️ & more speakers to be confirmed 👐

They will have Bump Painting, Reflexology Tasters, Prizes & much more on the day 🎉

ALL money raised on will be donated to The Victoria Thompson Scholarship 💜

Please share with all your mum friends & mums-to-be 👩‍👧‍👦

Let’s start the conversation ladies about our mental health 💕
#maternalmentalhealth

Thank you to all involved from us at The Victoria Thompson Scholarship. xxx

 

The Polar Express Adventure on the 2nd December at Century Cinemas, Letterkenny.

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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.

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Presenting the cheque to us, for funds already in our account, shows you the organisation of Maria Rushe.

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The overall tally is now a whopping €1,000 each for the two charities.

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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.

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So much for a small plan!

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.

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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.

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Skreen, Dromard community centre – 30th Sept Tierargh Girl Guides social dance. 

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 you think the magic can’t get bigger – this happens… 

​BIG Announcement. 

Tommy Tiernan has kindly offered the proceeds from one of his national comedy shows to The Victoria Thompson Scholarship.

Tommy is coming to Letterkenny to do this on Oct 5th 2017. Tickets are on sale www.ticketmaster.ie 

What special magic! We can continue to help nurses to study in children’s palliative care and complex care.

Thank you and much appreciation to Tommy and his team. xx

Details on his tour below and more will follow.

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TOMMY TIERNAN – UNDER THE INFLUENCE

The Castlecourt Hotel, Westport – Thursday 7 September

The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny – Thursday 5 October

Dean Crowne, Athlone – 12 October

TLT, Drogheda – 13 October

The Salthill Hotel, Galway – Wednesday 18 October

Breaffy, Castlebar – 7 December

Great Northern, Bundoran – 8 December

Landmark Hotel, Leitrim – 9 December

Jacksons, Ballybofey – 15 December

Longford Arms Hotel – 16 December

Mullingar Park hotel – 21 December

Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe – 22 December.

Due to phenomenal demand Tommy Tiernan has added extra shows to his Under The Influence tour.

As if receiving instructions from a strange and distant star, Tommy Tiernan takes to the stage refusing to take anything seriously. The political and the personal are all up for grabs as the only goal of the evening is laughter. Let our struggles be mocked and our cares abandoned. Allow yourself be guided by a language loving and theatrical performer with a half thought out plan, no professional qualifications and a mouth with a mind of its own. Can you trust him? To be silly, yes. To behave, no. Like a bus conductor standing in front of an orchestra with a spoon in one hand and air horn in the other what could possibly go wrong!?

“A wide eyed philosopher of love and life who performs as if appalled by the idea of being bland”  – THE GUARDIAN
Tickets priced €28 go on sale this Thursday 20 July at 9am through venues, www.ticketmaster.ie & usual outlets nationwide

The Victoria Thompson Scholarship Facebook page 

The Victoria Thompson Ladies Yacht Race June 2017. 

Thank you for keeping wind in our sails. 

WordPress asks “Start your story here”…. 

And in many ways sharing Victoria’s journey started with social media and everyone caring how our baby girl was. 

The ladies in Moville/Greencastle began to sail and while we were in Dublin, to show us their solidarity with us – they sailed their first race for Victoria in 2012. 

Braving a howling gale and lashing rain the ladies raced. 

It mattered little who won, it was for worried mothers, brave women and a caring community to acknowledge a baby girl’s suffering. 

Victoria wore her pink t-shirt, especially made for her. Miles from home she was remembered and although gone – she’s remembered still every year with this race. 

An awareness of the need for children’s palliative care was at the heart of the race from the beginning.

Six years ago it started an out-pouring of understanding that still exists today. There’s no way to thank all those involved other than to say – Thank you Moville Boat club and all who contributed in anyway. 

There are so many who do so much.

Victoria manages to spread her magic on and on, and it’s her supporters who help this. Thank you all. 

Different charities are supported each year and this is a lovely gesture. 

Congratulations to the Meagera crew for winning again this year. The Victoria Thompson Trophy resides in our home until next year. Thank you for allowing us to be custodians of this work of art. 

We love and miss Victoria now and always. Xx 

Thank you all for keeping her memory alive. 

The Victoria Thompson Trophy. 

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