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From Dancing Shoes to Hiking BootsMake 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.
"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.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
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
Funds raised locally, stay locallyMs 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 hospicePeople 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 homeA 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 moreFor 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
- 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.
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!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!
RememberYou 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. [email protected]
Latest Irish Hospice Foundation perspectives reportThe 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
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.
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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