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Support your local hospice through Sunflower Days 2017 – 9th & 10th June!

Posted on: June 9th, 2017
On these days, people will be able to support their local hospice service by purchasing various pieces of Sunflower merchandise including sunflower pins or sunflower seeds for €2 each from collectors on the streets of cities, towns and villages across Ireland.

Hospice Sunflower Days is a major source of income for hospices and voluntary hospice groups countrywide. The IHF coordinates the event on behalf of the hospice movement but all of the funds raised locally, stay locally.

For more information on Sunflower Days or to volunteer with your local hospice, please click HERE

C’mon the Camino with Katherine Lynch

Posted on: April 18th, 2017

From Dancing Shoes to Hiking Boots

Make every step count for hospice care this September by walking the Camino de Santiago with actress Katherine Lynch in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF). The Leitrim-native will walk the scenic coasts of Portugal and northern Spain to support hospice care and IHF programmes such as Nurses for Night Care and Hospice Friendly Hospital Programme (HFH). Katherine's idonate link if you wish to support is here. The IHF event takes place from September 24th to 1st October taking in beaches, rolling hills and gentle, flat paths with walking distances of approximately 20km daily. This section of the Camino is located in the region of Galicia – a region also known as the ‘Ireland of Spain’.  
Helen McVeigh, IHF Director of Fundraising, commented: “By stepping out on the Camino you are embarking on a personal challenge but also supporting people nationwide who are facing death or bereavement. Our vision is for no one to face these difficult times without the care and support they need. This is your chance to make every step matter.
Katherine is an amazing ambassador and we’re delighted to have such a high profile personality leading the way. Nurses for Night Care service provided 2,027 nights of care in 2016 and helped 600 families. 48 hospitals have been involved in our HFH programme since it was founded 10 years ago.”

Flights, accommodation and full board are included and full details can be found here or by calling 01 6793188.

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IHF Pays Tribute to T.K.Whitaker and his Admiration for Hospice Care

Posted on: January 10th, 2017
Former public servant and economist TK Whitaker who died last night was a great hospice ambassador and a man who contributed so much to The Irish Hospice Foundation. The economist was Chairman of the Fellows of the Foundation and speaking at the launch of The Irish Hospice Foundation in April 1986 he said:
"I am particularly pleased to have an opportunity of making a few remarks at today's launch of the Hospice Foundation because I have had for many years unbounded admiration for the work here and elsewhere under the auspices of the Irish Sisters of Charity." "More than 1500 people die of cancer every year in the area of the Eastern Health Board and of those only about one in four can be cared for in the hospice. In the hospice they can die free of pain, whereas one in three to one in five of those who do not receive such specialised care may suffer severe and unrelieved pain," stated Mr Whitaker in his below speech from 30 years ago.
tk The Irish Hospice Foundation wishes to thank Mr Whitaker for all his kind help throughout his 100 years and for highlighting the need for hospice care so "the last weeks of the terminally ill can be made so happy and cheerful." Pictured is IHF Founder Dr Mary Redmond, Sr. Francis Rose O'Flynn and T.K. Whitaker tk1 tk2 tk3

“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

Paul Kimmage leads out cyclists on 600km cycle in aid of Nurses for Night Care service

Posted on: June 19th, 2015
Sports journalist and former professional cyclist Paul Kimmage will be saying ‘Ciao!’ to Italy this Sunday, June 21st, as he gets in the saddle to support the Irish Hospice Foundation’s (IHF) 10th Cycle Challenge. Kimmage will be pulling on his jersey and retracing some of the miles he covered as a professional in the iconic Giro d’Italia, on the Genoa to Rome charity cycle. Paul is joining 52 cyclists from around the country on the Kingspan sponsored cycle, which has raised €1.3m for the IHF since it started in 2009. The group fly out from Dublin Airport on Sunday morning and begin the cycle challenge on Monday, June 22nd. Cyclists this year hail from Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Galway, Kildare, Clare, Meath, Westmeath Roscommon, Mayo, Kilkenny and Down and range in age from 30 to 72-years-old. Amongst the group are a father and son-in-law, siblings, cousins and groups of friends who have been training and fundraising hard in advance of the 600km challenge. The oldest cyclist is John O’Gorman from Tramore, Co. Waterford, who is taking part for the fifth time. The first leg of the cycle starts on Monday as cyclists hit the road and pedal their way from La Spezia to Pisa. Over the course of five days they will make their way through the stunning Italian scenery taking in famous Tuscany landscapes, medieval villages and breath-taking coastal views, before finally finishing up in Rome on Friday, June 26th. En route cyclists will have the chance to tackle the climb at Mount Serra – which was twice featured in the Giro, and a legendary training climb for many pro riders. The Sunday Independent journalist Paul Kimmage said: “I’m looking forward to getting on my bike for the 2015 Kingspan IHF Genoa to Rome Cycle Challenge and tackling the route with the other cyclists in aid of the vital work of The Irish Hospice Foundation. “There is not a family in Ireland that is not touched by death and most have had experience of the care and dedication of staff working with the hospice services.” This year the money raised from the cycle will support the IHF’s Nurses for Night Care Service, which provided 1,538 nights of free nursing care at home to people with a non-malignant terminal illness in 2014. Demand for the service is increasing and in 2015 the IHF hopes to provide 1,800 nights of care. Sharon Foley, CEO of the IHF, commented: ‘We are absolutely thrilled that Paul Kimmage is supporting our cycle this year. He is a sportsman who holds the admiration of the Irish people for the true grit he has displayed on and off the cycling track. “The cycle is a crucial fundraiser and with demand growing we estimate that it will cost €600,000 to run our Nurses for Night Care service in 2015. This service is vital for patients and families and allows them to fulfil their wish of dying at home with dignity.” She continued, “Paul and our 52 other cyclists are making a real difference to end of life care in Ireland. I’d like to say thank you to our sponsors Kingspan for their continued support and to all the cyclists who have fundraised so hard for us. Some of the cyclists are returning for the cycle again this year and we thank them for their continued support for the IHF.”

RTE’s Mary Kennedy launches Sunflower Days 2015

Posted on: May 8th, 2015
Fourteen dedicated local volunteers were honoured at a special ceremony in The Mansion House in Dublin 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 25th anniversary this year and takes place on Friday, June 5th and Saturday, June 6th.  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 5th and 6th 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.   Amongst the “Sunflower Heroes” honoured today were:  
  • Mother and daughter, Debby and Chloe MacNamara, both volunteers with Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services in Dublin. Debby got involved in the hospice in 2009 after her husband Gerry died in the Extended Care Unit of Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross.  Debby is also a keen gardener and helped Our Lady’s Hospice bring a new garden to the Bloom Festival. She also helps maintain the garden of the hospice itself.
  • Nora Gahan, St Francis Hospice volunteer, who was nominated for her dedication to raising funds for the St Francis Hospice since 1989. Nora began working with the hospice as she wanted to help in her local community. Her sister also passed away under hospice care and Nora continued her fundraising efforts in her memory.
  • Poet and artist Olive Murray-Power, a longstanding supporter of Wicklow Hospice Foundation, who has used her talents to create a book of her paintings and poems, with all proceeds in aid of her local hospice. Olive’s first husband Martin passed away from cancer so hospice is a cause very close to her heart.
  A recent national survey commissioned by the Irish Hospice Foundation revealed that 75 per cent of Irish people want to die at home – however only 25 per cent will get to do so partly due to lack of services.   Launching Hospice Sunflower Days Mary Kennedy commented: “There is probably not a family in Ireland that has not been touched by the amazing work carried out by hospice services across the country. 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 pin you are helping to bring comfort and dignity to people at the end-of-life.”   She added: “It is so inspiring to meet the “Sunflower Heroes” and the dedicated volunteers from all over 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, commented:  “Across the country, the number of people seeking hospice care services continues to increase at a time when funding resources, both public and voluntary, have become more scarce. We are more reliant than ever on the generosity and goodwill of our 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 5th & 6th and if you have a few hours to spare please consider volunteering.”   Hospice or palliative care involves the total care of patients and their families at the stage in a serious illness, where the focus has switched from treatment aimed at cure to ensuring quality of life.  About 29,000 people die annually in Ireland and over 6,000 people use hospice services every year.   For more information and to volunteer with your local hospice service for Hospice Sunflower Days visit www.sunflowerdays.ie   -Ends-   For more information, please contact:       Mary Ellen Breen on Maryellen.breen@hospicefoundation.ie or 083 4257674.  

Hotfoot it for Hospice – join Our CEO in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon this June!

Posted on: March 5th, 2015

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Join Our CEO, Sharon Foley, in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin on Monday, June 1st and help raise much-needed funds for The Irish Hospice Foundation.

Whether you’re a regular footpath –pounder or an occasional rambler you can run, jog or walk the 10km around the streets of Dublin. The buzzing atmosphere, cheery crowds and knowing you’re helping a great cause will be all the motivation you need to hotfoot it across the finish line!

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Dear Supporters I am asking for your help and inviting you to have some fun for our very worthwhile cause this June! I am reaching out to all the women in Ireland (and their friends...) to support The Irish Hospice Foundation by taking part in this year’s VHI Women’s Mini Marathon. Together we can to generate some much need funds for our national Nurses for Night Care Service. The demand for this programme is ever increasing and this year we need to raise nearly €600,000! So are you ready to ‘Hotfoot it For Hospice’? You might even think of rounding up a team, fill a car and head to Dublin for the day. We are trying to get a team from each county to support our national programme. If each supporter could aim to raise €200 that would be a fantastic achievement! We will provide you with a fundraising pack including a fab IHF T-shirt, somewhere to store your bag during the race and a bit of a party afterwards! It promises to be great fun and I’d love to have you Hotfooting it for Hospice with me!  

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Remember

You need to secure your official race entry with the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in addition to registering to fundraise on Team Irish Hospice Foundation.    If you have any questions about the event, please call Amy Vaughan on 01 679 3188 or email amy.vaughan@hospicefoundation.ie

Report shows chance of dying at home dictated by where you live in Ireland

Posted on: December 4th, 2014

Latest Irish Hospice Foundation perspectives report

The latest Irish Hospice Foundation report shows the chances of dying at home or in hospital are dictated by where you live in Ireland
  • People in Dublin are much less likely to die at home compared to those in Donegal
  • IHF calls for health service quality indicators on place of care and death
A new research report commissioned by the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) reveals that the chances of dying at home or in hospital are dictated by where you live in Ireland.
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Where do Irish People die?

The research highlights the wide difference in home deaths across the country, with only 18% of people in Dublin dying at home compared to 34% in Donegal. This is despite the findings of a recent national survey showing that 74% of Irish people want to die at home, up from 66% in 2004. The report, the third in the IHF Perspective Series, was launched today, (Thursday December 4th), by oncologist and Independent Senator, Professor John Crown. Titled “Enabling More People to Die at Home; Making the Case for Quality Indicators as Drivers for Change on Place of Care and Place of Death in Ireland” it sets out the case for key quality indicators on place of care and death, and calls for health policy to focus on providing more care in the home and communities. The report suggests that people’s preference to be cared for and die at home is not being facilitated by the health system, arguing that quality indicators are one way to monitor how well health policy is being implemented. “If it is possible for 34% of deaths to take place at home in Donegal why is it that about half of that proportion die at home in Dublin?” it asks. The report, supported by a paper written by social and economic research consultant Dr. Kieran McKeown, draws on data published by the CSO which shows people living in Donegal are more likely to die at home (34%), followed by Kilkenny and Kerry, (33%), Mayo, (32%), and Leitrim and Wexford, (31%). At the other end of the scale only 18% of people in Dublin die at home, followed by Sligo next, (26%), and Roscommon and Galway, (26%), which is the national average.

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Thanks for supporting Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Posted on: September 26th, 2012

Thanks to everyone who supported their local hospice service for Ireland's Biggest Coffee Morning!

This year marked the 20th year of the event, proudly sponsored by Bewley's. Ireland's Biggest Coffee Morning is the biggest national fundraiser for hospice care.  This year it took place on Thursday 20th September with supporters across the country hosting coffee mornings in their homes, workplace, schools and sports clubs in aid of their local hospice service. 

Funds raised by coffee morning will support local hospice services across the country. For more updates on Coffee Morning visit www.irelandsbiggestcoffeemorning.ie

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