Night Nurses provide care for cancer patients at home and are in need of vital funds

Muireann O’Connell, this year’s ambassador

Boots Ireland is asking for participants in their night walk in aid of Irish Cancer Society Night Nurses. The 5km walk will raise vital funds that allow the service to be offered as part of palliative care for patients at home. This year’s campaign ambassador is Virgin Media TV presenter, Muireann O’Connell. She recently lost a family member to cancer.

This year, due to COVID-19 guidelines and to ensure everyone’s safety, the walk might look a little different. You choose the location and time of your 5km walk and everyone will walk together from afar! You can visit www.bootsnightwalk.com to donate now. Or, set up your own fundraising page and start raising money for this great cause ahead of the walk on Monday, September 6th. 

Night Nurses

The Irish Cancer Society Night Nurses provide their services towards the end of a cancer patient’s care. They spend the night at the patient’s home to provide medical care to the patient and respite to their loved ones. These nurses are an invaluable olive branch for families and partners during an incredibly difficult time. One nurse, Annemarie Ward says it is “a great privilege” to do her job. “Our presence ensures patients are comfortable, pain-free and peaceful during their final days.”

The service is entirely free of charge, and initiatives like the Boots Night Walk help make that happen. Participants can donate directly or fundraise themselves. Alongside the walk, Honour Tags are now on sale in Boots stores nationwide for €2. Customers can purchase a tag in honour of someone who has survived or passed away from cancer. The front of the tag allows for the name of the individual with space on the back for a personal message. Members of the Boots Ireland team will walk one metre in honour of this person on September 6th. 

Nurse Annemarie adds “We are so grateful for the continued support of Boots Ireland and their customers. I encourage everyone to get involved again on the 6th of September to ensure we can be there for more families than ever who need this crucial care.”