Newsletter December 2016

December 22, 2016

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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 or ordered by contacting

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 Below, Anam Cara CEO Sharon Vard accepts the award from Minister Finian McGrath and Roger Connor of GSK.

Anam Cara #Daddyandme 2016 campaign

August 22, 2016

The Anam Cara 2016 #daddyandme campaign ran up to Father’s day on 19th June.  A day we mark the special relationship we have with our Dad’s. However it can be a tough and a poignant day for those whose Dad has died or for the many father’s whose son or daughter has died.

Anam Cara appreciates the support and kindness of Ailis Egan and Benji Bennett who helped us raise awareness of Anam Cara and to the many families who posted their favourite photos or selfies with their Dad…..

‘those who live on in our hearts never die’

Anamcara newsletter 2016

July 18, 2016

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Local Group Focus: Donegal

By Ciara Gallagher – Volunteer Parent
Anam Cara Donegal is a small group, probably by virtue of the size and infrastructure of the county. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month from September to June in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny. Stella McCole, the group’s professional co-facilitator, is assisted each month by either Maeve McHardy or myself. We have a small core of parents who attend regularly with many more who drop in when they need support through a significant mile-stone. We look forward to launching the Anam Cara Information Pack in Septem-ber, which will help us grow awareness of the of Anam Cara in County Donegal.

New Partnerships

northern irelandAnam Cara is committed to building partnerships in the community to ensure bereaved parents are supported throughout the island of Ireland. We are delighted to announce our partnership with Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice. Together we hosted three Bereavement Information Evenings in Antrim and Fer-managh along with our event in Armagh. We look forward to working with the NICH later this year and in 2017. These events are open to all bereaved parents.

This Autumn we aim to increase our geographic reach by establishing the Anam Cara Midlands group to in Mullingar, along with Anam Cara West Cork group in Bantry.

Amazing fundraising efforts

Larry O Sullivan— Representing Anam Cara Tipperary at Cycle Against Suicide

Larry O Sullivan— Representing Anam Cara Tipperary at Cycle Against Suicide

A huge thanks to the amazing fundraising efforts of Anam Cara supporters in the first six months of this year. Especially: 

  • Everyone who ran or walked for Team Anam Cara in this year’s VHI Women’s Mini Marathon
  • Michelle Ronan in West Cork who has single-handedly raised over €11,000 (and counting!) for Anam Cara through a host of imagina-tive events, to end in October on Mount Everest!
  • Gillian and Ian Baird in Donegal whose ‘It’s a Knockout’ event in Castlefinn, held in memory of their daughter Anna, was a huge success raising over €30,000 for Barretstown and Anam Cara
  • Jackie Crowley and Colette Griffin in Cork for organizing another great coffee morning in memory of Colette’s daughter Sarah
  • Kate Burke and the team who donated this year’s proceedings from the annual De la Salle Palmerston ‘Salmo’ Ladies Lunch to Anam Cara

Volunteers Needed! 

We are starting early this year and there will be a bag pack on Saturday17th September in Dunnes Stores Cornelscourt.

If you can donate us 2 hours of your time please contact Clodagh on or call 085 2888 888.

In November/December there will be a bag packs taking place near you as they are Anam Cara’s biggest fundraiser for the year… Please support us so we can support bereaved parents throughout Ireland.

Only 2 hours is what we need and all offers of help very appreciated. If you know any students or schools that would help out better again. Thank you

As the Anam Cara groups take a short break throughout July and August, we would like to thank our volunteer parents who give so generously of their time throughout the year and the professionals connected to the groups for their continued support of Anam Cara.

Thanks to our kind sponsors…

Anam Cara is seeking corporate sponsor to support our services to for be-reaved parents & families. Any contacts or ideas, please let us know to

In the last six months are grateful for the kind and generous support of the following companies and organisations:

  • The Healy Group
  •  Nightline
  •  B. Braun
  •  Adam’s Cloud
  •  Lush Cosmetics
  •  South Dublin County Council
  •  Ervia
  •  Medtronics
  •  Microsoft Ireland
  •  Actavis
  •  Irish Stock Exchange
  •  Astellas Ireland
  •  Cork Street Fund
  •  Lush Ireland

Anam Cara is committed to compliance with the Governance Code for community, voluntary and charitable organisations in Ireland. Anam Cara is also signed up to the statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising and is registered and up to date with the Charities Regulatory Authority.

Remembering Together

Paul and Caroline Flaherty Anam Cara Galway

Paul and Caroline Flaherty Anam Cara Galway

In Galway on June 1st a stone bench for bereaved families was unveiled in the ‘Circle of Life’Garden in Salthill. Thanks to Martina and Denis Gog-gin for giving us this peaceful sanctuary where we can sit and just be how we want to be.

Anam Cara Information Packs

Delighted with the response to our Information Packs. Currently 9K packs have been distributed throughout the island of Ireland. If you would like a copy, contact

Anam Cara 2016 #Daddyandme Campaign 

Thank you to Leinster and Irish rugby international Ailis Egan, Benji and the Bennet Family and Curley Family for their support of this special campaign to commemorate Fathers Day.


Anam Cara Information Pack

October 11, 2015

To address the shortfall in information for bereaved parents throughout Ireland, Anam Cara has produced a suite of information booklets.  A huge thanks to the parents connected to Anam Cara groups throughout Ireland who contributed to this resource.  The following topics are covered…

  • A mum’s grief
  • A dad’s grief
  • Coping with the sudden death of my child
  • Milestones and challenges
  • Self care
  • Supporting my family
  • Adults grieving the death of a brother or sister

Anam Cara National Bag Pack November/December 2016

January 13, 2014

More than 1,000 volunteers will put on their Anam Cara t-shirt’s and help us with our 2016 National Bag Pack in Dunnes Stores throughout Ireland throughout November and December.

Would you like to help us and have a couple of hours to spare? We would be delighted and all you need to do is contact us on 085 2888 888 or drop an email to

All funds raised from these fundraisers will go towards the running costs of the local Anam Cara Group.


Anam Cara’s Video Resource

This has been a busy year for Anam Cara with the launch of our information resources for bereaved parents. These include a series of short videos and our information pack.

If you would like a copy of the Anam Cara information packs please contact us at or call either 01 4045378 or 085 2888 888.

If you are living in Northern Ireland you can call 028 9521 3120

Anam Cara and the Ladies Mini Marathon

July 3, 2013

Monday 3rd June, a beautiful summer afternoon and the streets of Dublin are full of ladies wearing an array of colours representing the many charities from all over Ireland who took part in the 2014 Flora’s Womens Mini Marathon. This included 50+ gorgeous girls who chose to take part in this event for Anam Cara.

Thank You All, ye were brilliant and hope to see you in Doheny and Nesbitts again next year!

Anam Cara Dublin’s 2012 fundraising lunch

November 24, 2012

Anam Cara Dublin’s 2012 fundraising lunch took place on Friday 23rd of November at Saba Restaurant in Dublin. It was a great day, supported by many companies including Bord Gais, Vodafone, Deloitte Touche, Eddie Rockets and O Driscoll / O Neill Insurances and the many friends of Anam Cara who come together each year to help us raise the funds for our online and face to face services.

In particular we want to thank our kind and generous sponsors of the spot prizes for our raffle. After Saba’s yummy food, it is the highlight of the day!

Thank You

October 5, 2012

Anam Cara would like to thank Benji Bennett for nominating Anam Cara to be the beneficiary of his latest book Adam’s Greatest Inventions’, we are absolutely delighted. Please visit Benji’s website at to find out more about Anam Cara’s adventures.