Hospice campaigner targeted by thieves

February 16, 2010

by Brónagh Murphy

The Newry home of well-known Hospice campaigner, John Dalzell, was targeted by thieves last weekend.

Mr Dalzell had just left his Beechwood Villas home for a short time and returned around 7.00pm to find the property has been broken into.

The intruders ransacked every room, pulling contents out of cupboards and drawers in their search for valuables.

It’s believed the culprits intentionally preyed on Mr Dalzell’s home, believing he may have had charity money on the premises.

John Dalzell is known far and wide for his steadfast support and fundraising for Southern Area Hospice, particularly through his annual Christmas sit-out in Newry for the charity.


Majella Gollogly, Fundraising Manager with Southern Area Hospice, expressed her deep regret  that John and his family have been targeted in this way.

“John and his family have supported the Hospice over the last 18 years most notably through the John Dalzell Annual Christmas Sit out,” she said.

“I would like to stress that John never keeps any monies from his Hospice appeal at his home and that all donations are centrally processed.  I would also like to take this opportunity to extend our support to John and his family at this time,” she added.