We would really like to thank Bon Secours Health System for their very generous donation of €5,000. This donation will certainly be a huge help funding our “Nurses for Night Care” Programme.
We would really like to thank Bon Secours Health System for their very generous donation of €5,000. This donation will certainly be a huge help funding our “Nurses for Night Care” Programme.
Shannonbridge man Damien Brazil will attempt to run 132km in two days on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31 in aid of The Irish Hospice Foundation and Irish Autism Action.
The first day will see Damien run from Dublin to Edenderry and on day two the former referee will complete the track to Shannon Harbour.
Damien is training hard and excited about the challenge: “I was a footballer and also served on the National Referee’s Panel from 2007 to 2014. I was lucky enough to officiate in some wonderful games with some extremely talented players and fitness of course was important; but this challenge is a far greater obstacle and will see me at 49 years of age attempt a marathon and a half on both days, 132kms in total.
“This struggle for me is only minute when compared to the struggles borne by parents of autistic children or families of people who are at end-of-life and require that constant care for which there is little or no state funding. We can make a difference. So please join with me in whatever way you can to bring back a smile back to their faces.”
The Irish Hospice Foundation is extremely grateful to Damien for his efforts and for choosing to improve end-of-life care in our communities.
To donate online please click HERE or phone Damien on 087 9138767.
Damien’s website has links to his Facebook and Twitter. There will be collection points along the way. People are invited to join Damien on sections of the run, help with stewarding or simply support him along the way.
If you would like to join Damien for a section of the route you can register by contacting Louise McCarron at 01 679 3188, or at any of the registration points listed below:
Hospices across the country are appealing to the public to give their support to Hospice Sunflower Days tomorrow and Saturday (June 10th and 11th) so patients and families can get help at a time of greatest need.
Pat Quinlan Chair of the Voluntary Hospices Group, said the need for financial support from the public to help fund quality end-of-life services is greater than ever. He said:
More than 100,000 Sunflower pins and other merchandise are on sale in a bid to raise €1 million to help hospice and palliative care services continue their work over the next 12 months. It marks the 26th year of Hospice Sunflower Days. Over those 26 years the number of people seeking hospice care services has continued to increase and we need to be in a position to be able to respond to meeting their needs. Six thousand people use hospice services every year in Ireland. But no hospice is fully funded by the State. By buying a Sunflower pin for €2 from a volunteer collectors on the streets of cities, towns and villages across Ireland you can make a difference. All money raised locally stays to support hospice services in the area.
Mr Quinlan said “hospices across the country are reliant on the generosity and goodwill or our wonderful supporters and volunteers.”
Sunflower Days champion, RTE Nationwide presenter Mary Kennedy revealed her personal gratitude and appreciation of the “hospice ethos” as she made an appeal for people to support Sunflower Days.
“My mother Pauline died of cancer in 2001 at the age of 83. Mam never actually made it to the hospice but she was cared for in Tallaght Hospital by people who were just so kind, so loving and so respectful that it felt like the whole ethos of hospice was there. “They found time to paint Mams nails, apply her make up every day. They even asked for her hair colour to be brought into them and they touched up her roots. I found that very gratifying I have to say.”
She said she visited Our Lady’s Hospice in Harold’s Cross, Dublin last year as part of her work for Nationwide.
“From the time we went through the gates it was a lovely environment, it was very peaceful, very tranquil and it was a lot of fun and a lot of laughs with the people that we met on that day. It made me think once again that yes, I am glad to be involved in this whole hospice movement and to be supportive in the tiny way that I can.”
Mary Kennedy recently launched Sunflower Days. She said: “There are many patients and their families whose end of life would be so much harder without Sunflower Days and the volunteers who get involved.”
Pat Quinlan Chair of the Voluntary Hospices Group said: “It is through the compassionate communities that hospice services can continue to deliver high quality care to individuals and families. Hospice services are all reliant on their communities and public goodwill to help maintain or expand their services’ he 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. It seeks to relieve the physical symptoms of illness while also addressing the patient’s emotional and spiritual needs. Hospice care also provides support to families and those who are important to the patient, and extends its reach into bereavement. Hospice care can be provided in various care settings, such as a hospice, a person’s homes, a hospital or a nursing home.
For more information and to volunteer with your local hospice service for Hospice Sunflower Days visit www.sunflowerdays.ie
Note: The Voluntary Hospices Group is a membership group, representative of all the major voluntary specialist palliative care service providers in Ireland.
Ardee Hospice Homecare; The Clare Hospice at Cahercalla; Carlow/Kilkenny Homecare Team; Drogheda Hospice Homecare; Galway Hospice Foundation; Kerry Hospice Foundation; Kildare & West Wicklow Hospice; Kildare & West Wicklow Hospice, Laois Hospice; Longford Hospice Homecare; Marymount Hospice, Cork; Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation, Milford Hospice, Limerick; North Louth Hospice Homecare; North Westmeath Hospice Homecare; North West Hospice; Offaly Hospice Foundation; Our Lady’s Hospice- Harold’s Cross and Blackrock, South Westmeath Hospice Homecare; South Wicklow Hospice Homecare; St. Francis Hospice Raheny & Blanchardstown, Tipperary North Hospice Homecare- Nenagh, North Tipperary – Roscrea Hospice; Tipperary North Hospice Homecare – Thurles; Tipperary South Hospice Homecare – Cashel; Waterford Hospice Homecare; New Ross Hospice Homecare Services; Wicklow Hospice Foundation and Youghal Community Hospital-Hospice are among the group’s members taking part in Sunflower Days.
None of the funds raised by Sunflower Days go to The Irish Hospice Foundation. The IHF co-ordinates the fundraising drive but all money raised locally stays locally.
Contact your local Hospice Group for more information:
Ann Julian, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services – Harold’s Cross & Blackrock Tel: 01 4911072
Dee Kinane, St. Francis Hospice – Raheny & Blanchardstown Tel: 01 832 7535
Passers-by on South King Street today enjoyed a special taster of the world renowned Riverdance, as 14 of the troupe performed 3 numbers from the show outside the Gaiety Theatre.
The event was to mark the start of Riverdance’s summer season at the Gaiety which commences 14th June and also to announce details of an association with the Irish Hospice Foundation. This year Riverdance has teamed up with the Irish Hospice Foundation to raise awareness and funds for the vital work of the charity. Today details were announced of a 24 hour Irish DanceAthon which Riverdance will host this July.
On 21st July at 12 noon dancers from the Riverdance troupe will kick off 24 hours of continuous Irish dance on the plaza outside the Gaiety Theatre. A large digital clock will hang from the canopy and count down the hours. Over the 24 hours, Riverdancers and Irish dancers from a number of dance schools will take part, ensuring that for 24 hours the dance goes on. Those passing by are invited to donate to the charity and maybe even join in the occasional ceili and to follow the event as it unfolds on social media #Riverdance #DanceAthon
The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) supply vital 24 hour care and this 24 hours of Irish dance aims to highlight their round the clock work.
“The Irish Hospice Foundation brings comfort and care to people at the time in their lives’ when they are most in need of compassion. It’s a vital service to the community that Riverdance is proud to support at our opening night on the 15th June and also with our 24hour DanceAthon event on the 21st July.” Moya Doherty – Producer.
Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) chief executive Sharon Foley paid tribute to the dancers for their support said:
Our work is, indeed 24/7. While they are dancing throughout the night there are families receiving care for their dying loved ones at home through the IHF’s Nurses for Night Care service. Please support this 24 hours of dance for 24 hours of care. We could not do our work without public support and the wonderful fundraising events like Riverdance’s Irish DanceAthon.”
The Irish Hospice Foundation – which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year – is a national charity dedicated to all matters relating to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland. Its vision is that no one should face death or bereavement without the care and support they need. More than 500 families receive help every year through the IHF Nurses for Night Care Service, which gives more people the option to be cared for at home in their final days. The nurses staying the home throughout the night, providing nursing care, practical help and reassurance to both patient and family.
Composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, Riverdance returns home to Dublin to celebrate its 21st birthday this summer. Riverdance will run at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin from 14 June – 4 September 2016. For over 20 years, nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. The worldwide phenomenon began its journey as the interval act in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, produced for television by Moya Doherty. This electrifying and innovative seven minute dance piece was then developed into a full-length stage show by Producer Moya Doherty, Composer Bill Whelan and Director John McColgan. With its fusion of Irish and International music and dance, the show broke all box office records during its world première run in Dublin and has continued to set new records in packed theatres and arenas throughout the world. www.riverdance.com
– Since 1995 Riverdance has played 11,000 performances and been seen live by over 25 million people in over 467 venues worldwide in 46 countries across 6 continents
– Travelled 700,000 miles (or to the moon and back and back again!)
– Played to a global television audience of 3 billion people
– Sold over 3 million copies of the Grammy Award-winning CD and 10 million Riverdance videos & DVD
Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre:
Performance schedule: 14 June – 4 September 2016
Tickets from €15
www.ticketmaster.ie / 0818 719 388
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.
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.
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.
Among the ‘Sunflower Heroes’ honoured this year are;
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.”
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
This year’s Rose of Tralee, Elysha Brennan, is urging families to spread some festive cheer this Christmas by feeding a packet of The Irish Hospice Foundation’s Reindeer Food to Santa’s hungry troop.
Reindeer Food is on sale for €2 in LloydsPharmacy and MACE stores around Ireland in the run up to Christmas, with all proceeds going to support the work of The Irish Hospice Foundation.
Boys and girls can sprinkle this special mixture of oats and magic in their garden to guide Santa to their home on Christmas Eve. While Santa is busy popping down the chimney the hungry reindeer can enjoy their tasty snack.
Launching Reindeer Food, Rose of Tralee Elysha Brennan said, “This magical reindeer food does much more than guide Rudolf and the team to homes on Christmas Eve, the money raised supports the vital work of The Irish Hospice Foundation. As a medical student I am learning about all aspects of health care, including the importance of good care at end of life.
“I encourage the young, and young at heart, to pick up some magical Reindeer Food this Christmas to support Santa on his way and The Irish Hospice Foundation in its ongoing journey to ensure the people of Ireland have the best care at end of life.”
The Irish Hospice Foundation is a national charity dedicated to all matters relating to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland. The IHF receives no core state funding and therefore relies on the generosity of donations to support its work, including:
CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation Sharon Foley said, “We believe that no one should face death or bereavement without the care and support they need. By buying a packet of Reindeer Food this Christmas, you are helping us to achieve our mission.”
RTE broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan is urging people to make this a Christmas to remember by supporting The Irish Hospice Foundation’s (IHF) Never Forgotten Appeal.
Every year 29,000 people in Ireland die and on average ten people are directly affected by a death. That equates to 290,000 people who will be experiencing the pain of loss this festive season.
This unique appeal invites those who are bereaved to record a message to their loved ones at www.neverforgotten.ie, and to make an online donation to support the work of the IHF. The messages of remembrance will be posted online and handwritten into a special Book of Remembrance which will then be on display in the IHF library throughout 2016.
This year Miriam O’ Callaghan will be leaving a special tribute to her sister Ann and father Jerry in the 2016 Book of Remembrance. Launching the appeal today (November 9th) in Buswells Hotel Miriam said, “There are very few of us untouched by loss or tragedy. I and my family had the heartache of losing my precious sister Anne, who left behind her husband and two young children, and of course I think of her and my late father Jerry as the family gathers together for Christmas. It can be hard to enjoy the festivities when someone important is missing, but by remembering them we ensure they are still at the heart of our Christmas celebrations each year.
“I am urging you to remember someone you love this Christmas and by doing so support the vital work of The Irish Hospice Foundation as they help those nearing death or those suffering from bereavement.”
The Irish Hospice Foundation receives no core funding from the State and therefore relies on the generosity of donations to fund many services. Its work includes:
IHF CEO, Sharon Foley, said at the launch of today’s appeal: “Grief is difficult all year round but special occasions like Christmas can be particularly hard for those who are bereaved. Let’s cherish the memories of our loved ones who are deceased by making this a Christmas to remember. Reminisce and ensure that the person you hold so dear lives on in your heart and mind for years to come.
“Our Never Forgotten Appeal is one way in which you can honour a loved one who has passed away. Last year we received many touching messages – all of which were handwritten into our 2015 Book of Remembrance which is currently on display in our beautiful Therese Brady library. I was proud to share my own personal message last year and will be supporting the campaign again this year. I am inviting you to remember your loved ones and by doing so you can make a real difference to others at end of life or those left bereaved. For each of us there is only one chance in life for a good death. We are striving for the best care at end of life but we can’t do it without your support.”
Visit www.neverforgotten.ie to make a vital donation in memory of the one you love.
Get involved in FM104 The Big Ask on September 24th, 25th and 26th by logging on to www.fm104thebigask.ie where the ideas machine will churn out 104 wacky fundraising ideas to try out with family, friends and work colleagues.
From sponsoring the men in your life to take part in a Heel Appeal where they must totter around in stilettos for a day, to hosting a lunchtime dance-a-thon, or auctioning an afternoon off from work, there are many great ways to get involved, raise funds, and have fun!
As part of the campaign Dublin’s hit music station, FM104, hosted the longest breakfast show in Ireland on Friday, September 18th, with FM104’s Strawberry Alarm Clock presenters, Jim Jim and Nobby, taking to Dublin airwaves for the inaugural 18 hour stint to raise money for The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF).
Don’t have time to organise a fundraising activity? There are a number of ways you can still support The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) this weekend:
The IHF is a national charity dedicated to all matters relating to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland. It receives no core funding from the state and relies on the generosity of donations to fund its many services, including:
* Funding four of the eight Children’s Outreach Nurses, which means very ill children can be cared for at home surrounded by the family.
* Nurses for Night Care, which provides 1,800 hours of vital care and support annually to patients with life limiting illnesses
* Training 3,000 people every year in providing bereavement support
Mags Nelson, CEO of FM104 commented, “This is a fun campaign with a serious cause at the heart of it, and we are urging our listeners to get creative and host their own fundraiser to raise money for the IHF, a charity that is helping children, adults and families at end of life, in Dublin, and across the country.”
CEO of The Irish Hospice Foundation, Sharon Foley said, “We are delighted to have the backing of FM104 for this unique fundraising campaign. The focus of our work is on ensuring people live well until the end and what better way to celebrate life than to get together with family, friends and colleagues to have fun and support these much needed services. Log onto www.fm104thebigask.ie and start planning your event today!”
There’s plenty of fun at LloydsPharmacy this September and an opportunity for you to support the Irish Hospice Foundation.
There’ll be all manner of fun and games going on in-store with everything from face-painting and colouring competitions to tombola’s and refreshments as the company celebrates its partnership with the Irish Hospice Foundation over the weekend of September 18th – 21st. The company will also donate 2% of all sales from their 83 stores nationwide to the charity for the duration of the weekend.
Speaking about the weekend, Goretti Brady, managing director, LloydsPharmacy said, “We’re all really looking forward to the weekend. It will be great to enjoy the fun with our customers and communities and know that we’re raising money for this really important organisation who carry out such critical work in our community”.
Speaking about the partnership, Sharon Foley, CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation, thanked Lloyds for their support and wished them well with their celebration weekend. ‘’We do not receive any core funding from the State so partnerships like this are very important to us and vital so we can continue with our work. We also look forward to spreading the message of what we do through LloydsPharmacy’s extensive network of stores all over Ireland.”