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Hilary Coleman - Pay for a Day of the Marie Curie Hospice

We are raising money to pay for a full days costs for Marie Curie because the staff of MCH looked after Hilary with love.

216 %
raised of £6,090 target
by 228 supporters

Marie Curie

We offer expert care, guidance and support to people living with a terminal illness

Charity Registration No. 207994 (England & Wales) and SC038731 (Scotland)


July 1st - All future donations to       
as this appeal is now closed. Team Hilary cannot adequately express our thanks for the generous support of Hilary's friends and family, and all others we got money from.

28th June - THANK YOU, THANK YOU, one and all.
Team Hilary, the immediate family of Hilary Coleman, decided to raise money for the Marie Curie Hospice out of respect for the loving care and attention Hilary received in her last weeks in the Hospice.
So, without naming everyone, thanks to the Norrises for the Quiz, for the Loopers for the Marathon, to St Malachy's PS Bangor for their marvellous £1k, and the Post Office staff.
We've raised, and paid in money for 2 Days running costs, with money left over, a lot more than we'd hoped for.
Hilary's family haven't decided on the dates, to mark Hilary, but a key point is, money raised and in to keep these essential services going.

So, what happens now? This page will close to donations on June 30th, BUT WE STILL KEEP TAKING MONEY, go to  where we will continue the campaign.

The next main thing we'll do is Friday Sept 28th, the (thankfully) reduced Twilight Walk, 7k (about 4.5miles) from Barnetts Demense, near Shaws Bridge. Register here,   

So folks, thanks, but sadly the need is still there, Team Hilary will continue to raise money to support the Hospice - we know we can rely on your support.
Ciaran - 28 June 2018

14 May 2018/2KgkAfl

Hard to believe that Hilary is now 8 months gone. When you look at that hard working team in the Beeches above, you can see why the NHS is in safe hands!! [it was of course an Xmas panto, not standard work outfits!]

This stage of our fundraising for the Hospice is coming to a successful end - we were looking for £6090, and thanks to the Norris's excellent quiz, postal workers, esp. Deirdre, St Malachy's school in Bangor, Claire's coffee morning, the hugely successful and tiring marathon, we more than doubled that!!!!

Thanks to all concerned, but especially thanks to all the staff and volunteers in the Marie Curie Hospice.

This appeal will close in the next few days, so any last marathon contributions will be welcome. 
We will restart in the autumn with the September Marie Curie Stormont 10k walk.
Future contributions can go to

Thanks from Team Hilary,
Ciaran Crossey

20/4/18, Marvellous Donation received today - St Malachy's Primary School/Nursery Bangor, £1,000.
The children made/sold buns, held sponsored events, totally amazing. Thanks to all concerned, Ciaran. Not only did they support us, but they raised a lot more for 2 other good causes as well.

The next fundraiser is the Belfast City Marathon -
THERE ARE NOW THREE Teams  doing it in memory of Hilary, wonderful, CC, 10/4/18.
Lets have some competition, see which team can raise the most!!!

Sponsorship forms are available from 

(May 1st) Less than a WEEK TO GO - !!!! 
A substantial amount has come in and I know that good sponsorship has been pledged, but keep it up.
Every pound pledged is for a great cause. Ciaran Crossey

Ps, ciaran, Pat Walsh, Julia, Michelle and Colette are Miles ahead of the others.

"Lightening Legs", 
comprised of Mary Boyle, David Cairnduff, Margaret Murray, Barbara Patton and Maxine Williamson,  former colleagues of Hilary in the Beeches Management Centre, Hampton Park, Belfast (officially the HSC Leadership Centre).
They will run the Belfast Marathon relay in aid of Marie Curie.
[This section is a DIRECT QUOTE from their email to me!!, CC, good to meet people even stranger than the Loopers.]
"These are a group of very keen athletes who have just returned home from the Commonwealth Games with bags and bags of gold medals - yeah right!"

Donations and sponsorship are very welcome for this great cause.


The Lough Moss Moss-keeters, comprising Ciaran Crossey, Patricia McKnight, Patricia Walsh, Helen Grant, Julia Tolan, Steven Wallace, Debbie Fraser, Michelle McDonald, Diane Bradley and Colette Boyle are running (??) the Belfast City Marathon teams relay race in aid of Marie Curie, in the name of Team HILARY.

The Lough Moss Moss-keeters run together every week and attend park runs/races together regularly but this is their first marathon relay event together and they are hoping for your kind support! 

On behalf of all of all of the Lough Moss Moss-keeters thank you for your sponsorship and support!!!================================
Thanks to all concerned, especially Emmet and Eadain Norris, the Quiz Team, for a wonderful night. We must also thank all who attended, the firms and friends who provided the prizes - seriously loads of them - it was a very crowded room.
With the crowd present, absent friends who paid for their places, more generous donations, etc - the TOTAL PROFIT ON THE NIGHT WAS A MARVELLOUS £3,500.
This is a great help in the funding of the Hospice, thanks again to all concerned.
Ciaran Crossey, 27/3/18

Our lovely Hilary was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in February 2017 and in July she was admitted to the Marie Curie Hospice in Belfast where she stayed for 11 weeks until she passed away on 14th October.

In a time of such darkness, the team at the hospice were a great source of comfort to Hilary and to our family as a whole. The doctors, nurses, volunteers, chaplin, catering team, complementary therapists and cleaners all worked to ensure that Hilary's time at the hospice was as calm and comfortable as possible. We will be forever grateful for the expert, loving and patient care that she received every day.

In order to show our gratitude and to ensure that other families can benefit from such an invaluable service, we, Hilary’s family and friends, are undertaking to support the hospice by paying for 24 hours of vital care.

Together and individually we will be organising a number of fundraising events
and projects - as always we will be grateful for your support.

Thanks - Ciaran Crossey, on behalf of Hilary’s family and friends - Team Hilary, made up of me, with Nicola Crossey, Tiernan Kennedy, Pat Walsh and Deirdre Durston.

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