Read Eileen’s Story

Derek and Eileen Pugh

Eileen has experienced one of the greatest traumas any of us could face – losing the love of her life, her wonderful husband Derek – all too early. He received a completely unexpected bowel cancer diagnosis.

And today, Eileen still grieves, but is still thankful and positive, and still wants to help others.

Derek with his daughter, Aisling and grandchildren, Alba and Charlie.

”The year before Derek’s diagnosis, our youngest daughter, Sinéad, had given me some Sunflower seeds, to connect with her while she was away for the summer. On Derek’s last Father’s Day ten months before his death, our four daughters made beautiful inspirational signs about Sunflowers and
placed them carefully all around the garden.

In a way they were prophetic and became little aids to help with grief and loss but also a celebration of
how we were coping together.

Derek with one of the Sunflowers in their garden

One of them became our family motto: Be like a Sunflower. Face the light and the shadows will stay behind you.’’

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Hospice Sunflower of Life 2022

The Hospice Sunflower of Life Remembrance Ceremony

Unfortunately, we can’t invite you to view your card in the hospice gardens as we continue to keep our patients and residents safe.

However, a beautiful Sunflower of Life Remembrance Ceremony will be filmed and you’ll be able to view it online here on Sunday 10th July.

Sunflower Fields in aid of OLH&CS

Date: Approx: 4th August – 26th August ( as there are sunflowers in bloom!)

Time: 10am – 5pm

Two Locations:

  1. Scalp Wood Nurseries D18P9P7

2. Ballinahinch Ashford A67KF65

Two beautiful fields will be bursting with Sunflowers ready for you to immerse yourself in, paint, photograph, sit and listen to the bees happily feeding and also to take some home with you for your own home.

This is truly a beautiful way to raise some funds and support the work we do here in Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services. We are very grateful to Joe McMahon owner of Scalp Wood Nurseries and also Charles Tottenham owner of Ballinahinch Lodge who have both given up their fields for this wonderful experience.

Please bring along your own cutting implement, the sunflower stalks are quite thick so a secateurs would be preferable.

Please wear suitable footwear, the fields can be quite muddy and slippy.

No dogs allowed in the sunflower fields.

There will be no toilet facilities or refreshments, close to both fields are numerous coffee shops and toilet facilities.

Parking will be supervised.

There is no fee for this event, all donations greatly appreciated.

For more information please ring

Landline: (01) 491 1072 Email:


If you are interested in volunteering at any of our events this year, please get in touch on 01 491 1072 or email

You can also purchase sunflower gifts online below:

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