Our History and background
The Irish Hospice Foundation was set up in 1986 to fund and develop specific hospice services.
Since then our work has expanded to address the needs of people dying in hospitals, at home and in other care settings. We work to provide equity in access to palliative care services for all patients with life limiting illness.
We also promote discussion of a broad range of issues related to dying, death and bereavement, in order to identify what matters most to Irish people at the end of life and how best to address their concerns.
Our mission is to achieve dignity, comfort and choice for all people facing the end of life
We believe that good end-of-life care is embodied by the hospice approach. Hospice prioritises dignity and respect, seeks to relieve pain and distress and facilitates people to live life as fully as possible to the end.
*We acknowledge funding for individual programmes received from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (now the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government) and the Programme, the Scheme to Support National Organisations 2016-2019
- Governed by a Board of Directors, we are funded through our own fundraising and the generosity of our supporters
- We receive very limited funding*
- We are among the first Irish charities to commit to the new voluntary code of practice, which provides clear guidelines for those who run charitable organisations