STEPPING IT UP: Monica Sheehan is currently walking 20,000 steps a day to raise funds for the Kerry Hospice Foundation.


By Michelle Crean

One Rathmore woman has come up with her own fundraising plan – walking a phenomenal 620,000 steps in the month of May.

Monica Sheehan, a retired Director of Nursing with the HSE, is currently walking 20,000 steps every day for the month of May and is hoping for public support to raise €20,000 for the Kerry Hospice and Palliative Care Services, which she has been involved with since 1991.

In the present climate many charities have had to cancel fundraising events and some are finding it difficult to meet their funding requirements for the foreseeable future. This is why Monica came up with her own unique fundraiser.

She realises that the present crisis is proving to be financially challenging for many people. However, she would appreciate any little support you can afford to help her reach her target of €20,000.

“The Palliative Care Services in Kerry deliver a quality caring and compassionate service of very high standard to families and patients,” Monica said.

“It is essential that the Kerry Hospice funding is maintained during the COVID-19 pandemic. I urge people to give what they can. Thanks very much for the support we have received already.”

The people of Kerry have always been fantastic supporters of Kerry Hospice, Pat Doolan, Chair of the Kerry Hospice Foundation Killarney Branch added.

“Since it was founded in 1990 they have donated in the region of €12 million to the foundation,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“They can be very proud of the fact that their donations have supported the funding of the fantastic palliative care services in the county including: the Suaimhneas Day Care Centre and 15 bed in-patient unit located at UHK as well as supporting the Home Care nursing teams. Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated by Kerry Hospice.”

To donate to Monica’s fundraiser go to Everyday Hero: Monica Sheehan does 620,000 in May.