Archive for May, 2016

Volunteers needed for National Sunflower Days 2016!

Posted on: May 26th, 2016

Become a Hospice Sunflower Day volunteer and make a real difference to your community.

Hospice Sunflower Days 2016 will take place on June 10th & 11th. The aim is to raise €1 million to support local hospice services. Everything raised locally, stays locally. Hospice Sunflower Days is one of the most popular national fundraising events in Ireland each year and a major source of income for hospices and voluntary hospice groups. The success of these fundraising days depends on volunteers taking time out of their busy schedules to help sell merchandise in their local area. If you are willing to give a few hours of your time on the 10th and/or 11th of June 2016, no matter how much or how little, please contact your local group and let them know.

New Irish Hospice Foundation Strategic Plan Now Available

Posted on: May 20th, 2016

Putting Death, Dying and Bereavement on the national agenda

Yesterday (May 20th) saw the launch of the launch of the Irish Hospice Foundation's Strategic Plan 2016-2019 Strategic plan 2016-2019 Goals The new strategy outlines our goals and priorities for the next three years and the areas we aim to focus on. These include;
  • Placing End-of-life services on the national agenda, recognising that everyone has the right to a good death and addressing inconsistencies in palliative care provision
  • Initiating public conversation on dying, death and bereavement. Encouraging more public discussion as a society on how to be prepared for end-of-life and having our care wishes met
  • Addressing the inadequacy of Bereavement support and services in Ireland. We recognise that loss and bereavement underpin all end-of-life and palliative care, and affect us all
  • Providing training in end-of-life, bereavement and palliative care is not widespread and staff in all care settings; hospitals, care homes, community settings and hospices need support, development and training
  • Encouraging people to plan and thins about their end-of-life care. Everyone facing the end-of-life should be confident their wishes for end-of-life care will be respected

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Help Gordo’s Cycle for The IHF make a difference!

Posted on: May 18th, 2016
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Gordon Geraghty, one of our 62 cyclists, who is taking part in the 2016 Kingspan IHF Cycle Challenge – Roussillon to Barcelona, decided that 600km was not enough of a challenge for him.  He will be cycling a further 1,900km solo before meeting us at our starting point in Roussillon.  He will cycle across 6 countries, climb 10 of the most iconic mountain climbs of the Tour de France along the way.  
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Map outlining Gordon's impressive cycle route across 6 countries

  In his own words “I’m no cyclist.  I'm not even fit. But I am willing to give up 6 months of my life to try and help others. All I ask in return is for your kindness and donations. All money you donate will go directly to The Irish Hospice Foundation.”   We are so grateful to Gordon for his support and his supporters.  You can follow his journey on Facebook. To make an instant donation please click HERE

“Sunflower Heroes” honoured for outstanding contribution to hospice care

Posted on: May 5th, 2016

Launching 'Sunflower Days' 2016

  • RTE’s Mary Kennedy launches Hospice Sunflower Days 2016 (to take place on June 10th and 11th 2016)
  • Hospice movement appeals to the public to donate and volunteer 
  • Twenty one “Sunflower Heroes” and one canine hero to be honoured
Twenty one dedicated local volunteers were honoured at a special ceremony in The Mansion House in Dublin today (Wednesday, May 4th) for their outstanding contribution to hospice care in Ireland. RTE’s Mary Kennedy made a special presentation to local “Sunflower Heroes” who give tirelessly of their time to bring vital hospice services to communities all over the country.

Funds raised locally, stay locally

Ms Kennedy also announced details of national Hospice Sunflower Days, which celebrates its 26th anniversary this year and takes place on Friday, June 10th and Saturday, June 11th.  This is one of the biggest annual fundraisers for the hospice movement in Ireland and it is hoped that €1 million will be raised. The event is coordinated on behalf of the hospice movement by The Irish Hospice Foundation and all of the funds raised locally, stay locally.

Support your local hospice

People are being encouraged to support their local hospice service on June 10th and 11th by purchasing various pieces of Sunflower merchandise - including sunflower pins for €2 each from collectors on the streets of cities, towns and villages across Ireland.

This year's “Sunflower Heroes”

Among the 'Sunflower Heroes' honoured this year are;
  • Three pals, Kay O’Donoghue, Maura Ryan and Noilin Ryan have raised in excess of half a million euros for North Tipperary Hospice over the past fifteen years. Kay from Nenagh, Co Tipperary persuaded her friends to get behind the Hospice. They initially organised a barbecue to raise funds but now hold an annual dinner and auction for the Hospice.
  • Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, Dublin has nominated husband and wife team Sean and Mary Doyle. The couple who have been married for sixty years have been supporting the hospice for the past 16 years. They have raised almost €20,000 in Blackrock alone for the hospice through the annual Sunflower Days campaign. Mary who is 79 years old and is a trained voluntary social worker said: “We only live once so it’s important to do as much as you can in that time.” As well as his dedication to the hospice, Sean who will be 93 on his next birthday still gets time to play 10 holes of golf on a regular basis.
  • Mabel E Harris is so dedicated to The Friends of St Brigid’s Hospice that she has given up a room in her own home to fundraising. Mabel from Clane, Co Kildare has been involved in the hospice for more than 25 years and has served for ten years on its executive committee. She was a founding member of the Hospice’s support group. She hosts coffee mornings and gets fully behind the organisation of Sunflower Days. Supplies for fundraising for the hospice including sunflowers, posters and t-shirts are stored in a spare room in her home.
  • Rían – a golden retriever is a specially trained palliative care dog – he arrived at Our Lady’s Hospice in November 2014 at 10 weeks old. He works four days a week, interacting with patients at two wards in the hospice, St Catherine’s and St Gabriels. He visits the day hospice every morning.

Enabling more people to die at home

A recent national survey commissioned by The Irish Hospice Foundation revealed that 75% of Irish people want to die at home – however only 25% will get to do so partly due to lack of services.
Launching Hospice Sunflower Days Mary Kennedy said: “More than 6,000 people use hospice services every year in Ireland. The care and support afforded to families in need, at a very difficult time, is so important and I am encouraging members of the public to show their support for Sunflower Days once again this year. By simply buying a sunflower from one of our volunteers you are helping to bring comfort and dignity to people at the end-of-life.” She added: “It’s inspiring to meet the “Sunflower Heroes” and the dedicated volunteers from across the country who do so much to secure hospice services locally. Without them there are many patients and their families whose end of life would be so much harder. They are all heroes in the true sense and need to be acknowledged. I am honoured to be here with them today.” Pat Quinlan, Chief Executive Officer of Milford Care Centre and Chair of the Voluntary Hospices Group, said:  “Hospice care aims to improve the lives of people who have a life limiting condition by helping them to live their lives as fully as possible right up to the moment until they die. Across the country, the number of people seeking hospice care services continues to increase and we need to be in a position to be able to respond to meeting their needs. Therefore, Hospices across the country are more reliant now than ever on the generosity and goodwill or our wonderful supporters and volunteers. “We appeal to people to support their local service so patients and families can get help at a time of greatest need.  Sunflower Days is a vital source of funding for local hospice services so please donate on June 10th & 11th and if you have a few hours to spare please consider volunteering.”

Volunteer for Sunflower Days or find out more

For more information and to find out about how to volunteer with your local hospice service for Hospice Sunflower Days visit the official Sunflower Days website

IHF Tax Back Campaign is on – please respond now!

Posted on: May 3rd, 2016
Your charity tax back form is on the way... Dear Supporters, thank you so much for you generous support of our work. It has made a huge difference to everyone in Ireland facing end of life. But you can now make your generosity go even further - at no extra cost to you. In the coming days some of you will receive a letter from us with an enclosed CHY3 Cert that will enable us to reclaim tax paid on your generous donation(s) to us in the past. All you need to do is complete it with your PPS number, date and signature and return it in the freepost envelope provided in the pack. That's it! It will NOT cost you a single cent. It will NOT affect your personal finances or tax status. There are NO catches. In these simple 3 steps you can release the full potential of your generous gift(s) to us.
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  So please respond quickly and return your completed form as soon as possible. It will save us sending you a reminder letter later on in the year and reduce our administrative costs. Thank you so much for all your wonderful support and your assistance in our tax back campaign! For more information on out Tax Back Campaign please click HERE