Archive for February, 2016
A heartfelt thank you to a real life hero Brian Carroll, who donated over €11,000 to us at the weekend. Brian raised this phenomenal amount through his Cycle2Run challenge and we are so thankful to him for supporting our work. He is even planning a new challenge for 2018! We are in awe - thank you so much to Brian and his supporters. His new Challenge for 2018 will be riding from Cork to Belfast in one day, a marathon in Belfast and then doing it all again, cycling from Belfast to Cork finishing with the Cork City Marathon in in June 2018. So keep an eye out!
Tickets are now on sale for The Irish Hospice Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Race Day in Leopardstown Racecourse.
Join us for some craic at the track on Sunday, April 10th and help raise money for our vital work.The day will kick off with a drinks reception at 12 noon, followed by a delicious three course luncheon. RTE Broadcaster Tracy Piggott will be our MC for the afternoon and guests will enjoy a private tote and tipsters in the Pavilion.
Some great prizes will be up for auction including:
- a signed Brian O’Driscoll rugby jersey
- signed print of Paul O’Connor
- flights to Dubai
Buy a table of 10 or individual ticket ONLINE NOWAlternatively, please contact Ruairí McGinley today on 01 679 3188 or [email protected] to book your place.
Every day in Ireland 80 people die, leaving 800 people bereaved. Over the course of the next Government that equates to 145,000 deaths and 1.4 million bereaved. You deserve the best care at end of life. Demand it. The Irish Hospice Foundation has five key asks for election candidates – highlighting areas where improvements can be made to ensure the experience of dying, death and bereavement is better for us all.
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Support our call with your candidateWe will all need end of life services. The chances are you know someone that needs them now. That’s why we are asking you to put end of life care on the political agenda. Please download and share our flyer with your friends, family, colleagues and any election candidates that come knocking on your door. If you’re active on social media please join us in sharing the #yodo (You only die once) #GE16. There’s only one chance to get death right. Play your part in making Ireland a good place to live and a better place to die.
For full information on our manifesto asks see here
www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie and be sure to contact Ruairi in our Fundraising Team at 01 679 3188 or email [email protected] for your pack. We hope you will hotfoot it for hospice!
We at the Irish Hospice Foundation were deeply saddened to hear of the death of Chris Murray, former team leader of our door to door fundraising team who passed away on Saturday (Jan 30th). Chris was a charismatic, warm gentleman, who excelled in his fundraising role. Chris was instrumental in the establishment of the first Irish Hospice Foundation door to door team and acted as a coach and guide to his colleagues. His hard work and dedication contributed to raising of an incredible €5.1 million to date through the door to door team. We are indebted to the work of Chris and his colleagues. Our deepest sympathies go to Chris's wife Deirdre and all the family. Funeral arrangements: Tuesday February 2nd at 10:00 am at The Church of Our Lady and St. David, Naas, followed by Burial in St. Corban's Cemetery, Dublin Road, Naas.
Hop in the saddle and join former pro cyclist Paul Kimmage this June on the Wild Mediterranean Way Cycle Challenge. Paul is tackling the event for the second year in a row and is inviting cyclists of all abilities to take on the challenge in aid of The Irish Hospice Foundation. This year the cyclists will travel from Canet-en-Roussillon to Barcelona along the Mediterranean coast while taking in all that The Med has to offer. The cycle route starts in Southern France and moves through Roussillon and further on to the foothills of the Pyrenees and beyond to the Catalan Capital Barcelona! We welcome cyclists of all levels on our trip and do this by offering two routes on many days, so the advanced cyclist can tackle some extra climbs in Baixa Garrotxa and Montenegre while others can continue on with the challenge. For more information on taking part check out the brochure.
Sports journalist and former professional cyclist Paul Kimmage is hopping on his bike this summer as he prepares to tackle over 600km in aid of The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF). As he gets ready to lead out the Wild Mediterranean Way Cycle Challenge from Southern France to Spain this June, Paul is calling on other cyclists to put their wheels in motion to raise funds for the IHF’s Nurses for Night Care service. In 2015 the service provided over 1,700 nights of free nursing care to 520 families, and the demand is growing year on year. The cycle will take place from June 18th to 24th – with cyclists starting off in Roussillon in France before pedalling their way through Spain and into Barcelona. Along the way cyclists will have the option of testing themselves on challenging climbs including Coll Formic and the Sant Hilari Sacalm. Sunday Independent journalist Paul Kimmage is back in training as he prepares to get on his bike in aid of the IHF for a second year in a row. Launching the cycle today , January 19th, he said, “At some stage we will all need end of life services – and many of us will know someone who needs them now. One such service which offers great comfort to families is the Nurses for Night Care Service. Last year on the cycle I was privileged to hear personal stories from other cyclists who benefited from the work of the Foundation and it spurred me on to get back in the saddle for a second year. I’m really looking forward to taking on the challenge again and I am encouraging cyclists of all abilities to join me on this superb route and benefit a really worthy cause.” Since the cycle challenge began in 2009, over €1m has been raised to support the work of the IHF. In the past all ages have completed the cycle - from 20-year-olds, right up to male and female cyclists in their seventies. Couples, siblings, colleagues, friends and cyclists of all abilities have all come along for the adventure. Sharon Foley, CEO of the IHF, commented, “We are delighted that Paul is joining our cycle again this year – to have a cyclist of his calibre support this important fundraiser not once, but twice, is wonderful. “Each year the demand for our Nurses for Night Care Service grows – and we are determined to continue to support people so they can fulfil their wish to die at home. We receive no core state funding so the cycle is a hugely important fundraiser for us. By getting ‘on your bike’ people can make a real difference to end of life care in Ireland. “Our thanks to our sponsors Kingspan for their continued support and to all the cyclists that have fundraised so hard for us in the past. We look forward to welcoming some new and also familiar faces on the Wild Mediterranean Way Cycle this year.” Participants on the cycle have a fundraising target of €2,990. A discount rate is available for those signing up as a team of four, or for introducing a friend to the cycle. A full training guide is provided and the team in Cycling Safaris are available to advise and help those thinking of taking on the challenge and those signed up for the cycle. For more information on registration and the cycle see www.hospicefoundation.ie For more information please contact Mary Ellen Breen, Communications Officer with The Irish Hospice Foundation on 083 4257674 or Jane Flynn, Head of Communications & Public Affairs on 087 2356801.