Anam Cara Dads Golf outing to Roscrea was a great success. Seven dads took to the gold course and this event was kindly sponsored by DPS, Global. Starting with tea and scones before playing and a lovely meal afterwards with the “Sensible Burger” being the main meal of choice. The burger was actually gourmet, huge and looked “non-sensible”. DPS Global also provided some prizes as well with 1st place going to David Kelly with a score of 38 (best back 9), 2nd place going to Eddie Walsh with a score also of 38 and 3rd place going to JJ Grehan with a score of 35.
Peter Sheridan, Benjy Bennet and John Hynes (Chairman Anam Cara) at the launch of the 2018 ‘daddyandme campaign. Anam Cara hold social events for Dads throughout the year, contact us on 085 2888 888 for more details.
Anam Cara Northern Ireland will officially launch this Autumn in Belfast. Thanks to the huge support of McEnery, Corrigan and McCallion families who have been such a huge support in getting Anam Cara off the ground and establishing Anam Cara for families who have experienced the death of their child.
A special remembrance evening in the Circle of Life Garden in Salthill. Families placed the names of their sons and daughters on the Anam Cara remembrance tree. There was music and reflections from parents and brothers and sisters.
Anam Cara is commemorating 10 years of supporting bereaved parents throughout Ireland in 2018. Thanks to the commitment of our founder parents and their families and the support of our donors, Anam Cara reach has increased from two groups located in Cork City and Dublin to 10 groups throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland. These groups meet monthly between September and June and give bereaved parents a chance to access information and support. All Anam Cara services are provided free of charge.
Please support Anam Cara’s 2018 #mammyandme campaign.
How Can You Help?
- Share a picture of you and your mother on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, including the hashtag #MammyandMe
- Tag and nominate three friends or companies to do the same!
- Don’t forget to include the text number – ‘Text REMEMBER to 50300 to donate €2 to Anam Cara’. (Text costs €2. Anam Cara will receive a minimum of €1.63. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 6805278)
Anam Cara West Cork officially launched in January 2018 in the Maritime Hotel, Bantry Cork. This group has set up to meet the needs of bereaved parents living in West Cork. Meeting on first Tuesday each month in the Maritime Hotel between September and June each year, Anam Cara West Cork offers information and support to all bereaved parents. For more information see Anam Cara Events.
Anam Cara commemorates ten years in February 2018
Founded on the 5th of February 2008, Anam Cara has in the last decade supported over 10,000 bereaved mothers and fathers throughout the island of Ireland. Hosting 100+ events each year in over 20 locations around the country, in 2018 Anam Cara will continue to work towards its vision “that every family will have the relevant support services they need following the death of their son or daughter.”
Anam Cara is proud to offer all its services free of charge to parents and to make them available for as long as they are needed. In this anniversary year, if anyone has any fundraising ideas (local, regional or national) please do get in touch.
National Remembrance Event in Athlone
On 4th November Anam Cara’s National Remembrance Event was held in Athlone. The weather was kind to us and we really appreciated and valued the beautiful reflections from Colette, Aisling and Adrian. We also had music and songs from Joyce. This is always a special event for Anam Cara bringing together family members including grandparents who have that special relationship with their grandchildren and are also grieving. Aisling’s reflection spoke about the loss of her little brother Sean and how that impacted her life and has inspired her to help other children by studying to be a doctor. There is no doubt that our children, brothers and sisters continue to be a huge influence in our lives and why Anam Cara’s national event is so important that we take time out to remember them together
Anam Cara in Numbers
- In 2017 Anam Cara facilitated 109 events for bereaved parents and families throughout Ireland.
1,860 parents attended these events at the 10 Anam Cara groups.
- At the Anam Cara Bereavement Information Evenings, which are often parents first introduction to Anam Cara , an average of 18 parents attended and availed of our Information Packs, listened to our professional guest speakers and met with our volunteer parents and professional facilitators.
- 1,308 Anam Cara Information Packs were distributed this year to parents and professionals in contact with bereaved parents .
- Anam Cara hosted 5 Family events .
- 96 Professionals attended Anam Cara workshops on bereavement and loss.
What great support Anam Cara Donegal has got from the people in the county throughout 2016. Anna’s Knockout and Shaun Graham’s Memorial 3km were two events that took place, with family, friend and colleagues taking part.
New Anam Cara booklet: Living with no surviving children’
Anam Cara would like to thank the parents who came together earlier this year to develop and write a new booklet: ‘Living with no surviving children’. It is a resource that was very much needed for parents who have experienced this devastating loss. This is the eighth booklet in the Anam Cara Information Pack. In just one year, 10,000 copies of the pack have been distributed around the country to hospitals, funeral directors, Gardaí and schools. Every day central office receives calls and emails from parents or those supporting parents requesting packs. The new booklet will be officially launched in the new year. Meanwhile, it can be read at anamcara.ie or ordered by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Group Focus: Tipperary
By Larry O’Sullivan, Volunteer Parent (pictured)
The Tipperary Anam Cara group recently launched the Information Packs in the Anner Hotel in Thurles. There was a full house on the day and the audience was comprised of people from all areas of life with any connection to bereavement services in Tipperary and surrounding counties. There was a genuinely great reaction to the speakers from all of those attending. This group is co-facilitated by Martina Woodlock and myself who are both bereaved parents and Ricky Hewitt who is our professional co-facilitator with the group. Monthly meetings are held in the Horse & Jockey Hotel, Thurles on the third Monday of each month from September to June, from 7.30pm until 9.00pm sharp.
A word from Ann Lappin of the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice
We have enjoyed the opportunity to work in partnership with Anam Cara through funding from a Big Lottery Reaching Out: Supporting Families grant. This partnership has provided a series of information evenings in Northern Ireland throughout the year. We are delighted that this partnership will continue in 2017, providing further information evenings and parent support groups in Northern Ireland. Working together in this way has enabled the strategic development of group-based support services for bereaved parents in their own communities. We look forward to the continuing development of these vital support services.
2016 GSK Impact
Award and new Anam Cara video We were delighted to be one of five winners this year of the very competitive GSK impact Awards. As well as a prize of €10,000, GSK made a new video for Anam Cara to help us promote the work we do. To view the new video see gsk.ie Below, Anam Cara CEO Sharon Vard accepts the award from Minister Finian McGrath and Roger Connor of GSK.