U2 are among the contributors to a new book, Sons+Fathers, supporting the Irish Hospice Foundation. Other contributors include Bill Clinton, Colin Farrell, Roddy Doyle, Joseph O’Connor, Colum McCann, Salman Rushdie, Neil Jordan, Gabriel Byrne, and Daniel Day Lewis, according to Hot Press.
The book “celebrates the unique relationship between a man and his child,” and was inspired by U2 frontman Bono, who has donated drawings of his father towards the end of his life to the book. The other members of U2, as well as their former manager Paul McGuinness also contributed, along with his son Max, Julian Lennon, Paul McCartney, Bob Geldof, and Gavin Friday.
“Bono planted the seed for this book with his generous gift of the drawing he made of his father when he was dying,” Sharon Foley, the CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation, said. “He asked if they could be used to raise money for the Irish Hospice Foundation, so we decided on a book, and the net was cast wide and far. We were blown away by the response and generosity of the participants, all who are very busy, well-known people.”
The book is due to be published on Irish Fathers Day, June 21. All proceeds from Sons+Fathers, with a foreword by Colm Tóibin, will go towards The Irish Hospice Foundation’s Nurses for Night Care Programme. The service provides over 1,400 nights of free nursing care at home annually to people with a non-malignant terminal illness.
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