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Friday November 9th 2007

Dublin Simon and DePaul Trust Hold Memorial Service in Memory of 228 service users, staff & volunteerswho have Passed Away

A memorial service was held on Friday afternoon in memory of the 228 service users who have died in Dublin over the last 35 years. Those remembered belonged to the community within Dublin Simon and DePaul. In the last 18 months alone 51 service users have passed away.

The Memorial was held in the Unitarian Church on St. Stephen’s Green. A procession of people carrying a sleeping bag, flask, key, scarf and mittens opened the proceedings. Dublin Simon service user and ex-board member Jimmy Wynne opened the service. Shakeela Parekh, Depaul Trust Volunteer, remembered those who have passed away.

A minute silence was held to commemorate the lives of those remembered and of the struggles they endured. In attendance were current service users staff, volunteers and family of those deceased.

Dublin Simon Community and the Depaul Trust has 23 services between them which include Rough sleeper teams, emergency accommodation, longer term supported housing, detox, resettlement, befriending, training and medical services.

The ceremony also remembered eight volunteers and staff who have died.

For more information contact Lorna Cronnelly at (01) 671 5551 or lornacronnelly@dubsimon.ie Tel: 086 1730 326

 

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