Over €100,000 for the Irish Cancer Society Night Nurse service has been raised through this year’s Boots Night Walk, with customers and Boots colleagues taking part in the annual sponsored 5km walk and raising €103,516 through fundraising and donations.
The Irish Cancer Society’s Night Nurses provide in-home care through the night, for cancer patients requiring end-of-life care, whilst also providing rest and respite for the patient’s families. The service is provided free of charge and is an invaluable support to families and their loved ones during what can be a particularly difficult time.
Boots has supported the Irish Cancer Society since 2012 and during that time it has raised over €2.6 million (equating to over 7,500 nights of care for the service) through the generosity of customers, patients and colleagues. Across Boots stores, 150 Boots Irish Cancer Society Information Pharmacists and over 50 Boots Cancer Beauty Advisors are specially trained and on hand to support cancer patients and their loved ones.
Stephen Watkins, Managing Director of Boots Ireland, says “Since 2012, our customers, patients and colleagues have supported this special service, providing care and comfort to cancer patients and their loved ones. This ongoing partnership helps further our commitment to care for our customers and patients in the communities we serve at all stages of their life.”
Averil Power, CEO, Irish Cancer Society, described the Boots Night Walk as “an absolutely wonderful fundraising initiative” for the Irish Cancer Society Night Nursing service. “Demand for this valuable service grows each year. Approximately 97% of the Society’s funding comes from donations, so we could not provide this crucial service without your generosity.’