NI HOSPICE TO CREATE A MILE OF £1’s AT STORMONT

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Charity aims to stretch coins along Northern Ireland’s most famous mile

NORTHERN Ireland Hospice will take on the ambitious challenge of laying £1 coins along the length of the country’s most famous mile – the entrance to Stormont, home of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The charity, which will open a new £13m adult Hospice in Belfast this year, making it a world-leader in palliative and hospice care and education and research, is calling on local businesses, organisations and the public to bring along £1 coins to Stormont on October 3, where it will also host a Family Fun Day with U105 and Pathways.

With measuring tapes and a calculator, NI Hospice has estimated that a mile of £1 coins would stretch to a whopping £75,000. The event is part of the charity’s Operation Purple campaign, which also includes the Twilight Walk (October 2), Big Coffee Break (October 1) and Heroes and Legends events (24-25 October).

Ellen Hillen, head of Corporate Fundraising at NI Hospice, said: “Laying £1 coins down on the famous Stormont mile has never been done before and it’s a big challenge for us. We are asking everyone to go the extra mile, get involved and bring along their £1 coins from fundraising events.

“Funds from the effort will go toward the fitting out of the new adult hospice in Belfast, and to supporting hospice care in our community. Every £1 we raise at Stormont ensures NI Hospice continues to deliver the highest quality palliative care in Northern Ireland.”

The Mile of £1’s event at Stormont will include adventure activities, competitions and a U105 roadshow.

For more information, visit www.nihospice.org

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