From the very start, the work of the Irish Hospice Foundation has been rooted in the experience of patients and their families.
Dr Mary Redmond was so impressed by the quality of care that her father received at Our Lady’s hospice in Dublin that she set up the Irish Hospice Foundation in 1986 to fundraise to build an Education Centre at Harold’s Cross.
After learning of the need for a hospice for the northside of the city, the IHF threw its weight behind a campaign to raise the necessary funds to build St Francis hospice in Raheny.
This set the pattern for our work over the past 26 years: we identify gaps in services and then, with partners organisations, we devise innovative ways of filling those deficits.
Our advocacy agenda at any time will reflect the needs of patients and aims to ensure that people have comfort and dignity at the end of their lives. Click here to read of our current advocacy priorities.
In advocacy, we communicate the needs of patients and families as told directly to us or through our relationship with service providers. As well as raising awareness of need, we also recommend solutions by sharing our experiences and research with politicians and policy makers.
Enabling dignity and comfort at end of life
Our key activities include:
- Keeping all politicians, political parties and advisors fully informed on end-of-life issues including any new research we have conducted
- Directly engaging with parliamentary committees, task forces and government departments on issues related to dying, death and bereavement, including legislation, policy and funding
- Working with other organisations to bring about change and development such as the ‘Older and Bolder Alliance’ To learn about Older and Bolder and its Make Home Work Campaign, click here
- Organising public meetings on issues which support people to live well until the end
- Organising the commemorative Mary Holland Lecture in co-operation with the Irish Times. Click here to read previous lectures