The family of a Derry woman who was nursed at the Foyle Hospice are taking part in this year’s Female Walk/Run in her memory.

Nina Boyle was a wife, mother, sister and granny was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) just last year.

This life limiting terminal condition that causes muscle wastage and brain damage and affects breathing, speech, swallowing and the ability to move.

Nina was nursed at the Foyle Hospice throughout her illness and passed away there last Christmas Day.

Her family said the care Nina received there was second to none.

“Foyle Hospice is more than cancer care, it provides respite for various illnesses, it offers caring support for families and patients, through shared experiences, day care, and counselling.

“We found the Foyle Hospice and surrounding gardens provided a sense of peace and comfort, as well as allowing patients, family and friends to take time out and share valuable time with each other.”

Nina herself was very grateful for the care she received and told her family she was ‘treated as a person and not as a patient"

Nina’s sisters are now undertaking the Foyle Hospice Female Walk/Run in her memory on Sunday June 9.

“It is a way to help us express our deepest gratitude to every member of staff, voluntary and paid.

“Foyle Hospice is heavily reliant on donations and fundraising events and it needs your help and generosity.

“As a family we have experienced first hand the services, care and support shown by Foyle Hospice and we are extremely thankful.

“And as a family we have annually supported the without ever knowing that we would need Foyle Hospice services.

Now in its 19th year, the Foyle Hospice Female Hospice Walk/Run is a chance to have a fun day out and raise some money for a good cause at the same time.

All the money raised at the event will go into helping people in the local community living with cancer and other life limiting illnesses.

“You can walk run dander or get there as you wish it’s all about the craic you can go in fancy dress if you wish or go with family friends or work mates,” said Noel McMonagle Community Fundraising Manager at the Foyle Hospice.

“All services at Foyle Hospice are free of any charges to its users we rely on support from the local community and a grant from Health and Social Care Board,” added Mr McMongale.

“It cost over £500 to provide 24 hour care to a patient in our inpatient unit.

“So your sponsorship is vital we would ask each participant to try and collect some sponsorship using our official sponsor forms or by creating an online sponsor form www.justgiving.com/foylehospice. “We would like to thank Seagate technology for their kind sponsorship and support also our media partners Derry News.”

This year’s walk will take place on Sunday June 9 and it will start at the old Fort George site on the Strand Road at 11.30am and not at Templemore Sports Complex as in previous years.

It will finish at  St Columb’s Park.

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