Top Part now a collection point for Blankets of Hope


Top Part stores around Ireland are now a collection point for the Blankets of Hope initiative. Blankets and wool can now be dropped off to any Top Part store for transfer to the Cork Cancer Care Centre.

Top Part store locations:

Arklow, Castlebar, Clonakilty, Clonmel, Cork, Dublin, Dungarvan, Ennis, Galway, Kanturk, Kilkenny, Limerick, Longford, Mullingar, Nenagh, Roscommon, Shannon, Sligo, Tralee, Wexford. (Visit www.toppart.ie for store addresses and Eircodes).

Linda Goggin James, CEO of the Cork Cancer Care Centre, said: “I’m delighted that Top Part has offered the services of their 20 nationwide stores and distribution network to help with the collection of Blankets of Hope and transfer to our Centre in Cork. These blankets are made by amazing volunteers, knitters, knitting groups, schools, I.C.A ladies, UCC Knitters, and individuals who look for no praise or thanks but are so deserving of same.”

She added: “The Blankets of Hope was founded by Ann Dowling Spillane who when going through cancer herself and found that somedays it was very cold in the chemotherapy ward and there was a need for a comfort blanket. So she approached our volunteers and asked them what they thought about us making blankets for those going through the journey of cancer, and they were very excited by it. We started by asking the volunteers in the Centre and also families involved in the Centre to make and knit squares or Blankets.

“The blankets are donated from all over Ireland and what starts out as a ball of wool, transforms with loving hands into a beautiful blanket. All cancer care patients undergoing treatment receive a blanket and while they may be in a dark, worrying place at the time, a gesture like a Blanket of Hope can give comfort and support knowing there are people out there who they have never met, that care. For many their blanket becomes a beacon of solace and calm and a treasure they continue to cherish long after their treatment ends.”

The Blanket of Hope initiative started on 4th January 2014 and today, May 2022, the Cork Cancer Care Centre has donated over 27,000 blankets right across the country, and in some cases, have been posted worldwide.

Blankets of Hope are for children, women and men, all made by the hands of volunteers with hope and love.

If anyone wants to donate blankets or wool, they can drop them into a Top Part store or the Cork Cancer Care Centre. Donations from individuals or businesses direct to the Cork Cancer Care Centre are also welcome as postage and shipping is an ongoing expense associated with the programme.

If you would like more information please phone 021 494 9090 or email: corkcancercarecentre@gmail.com.