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Giddy up and enjoy a fantastic day at Leopardstown!

Posted on: January 31st, 2015
On Saturday, February 28th, Mercury Engineering will host a race day at Leopardstown Racecourse in aid of The Irish Hospice Foundation. Broadcaster and former jockey Tracey Piggott is the guest MC for the event, which is the second annual Race Day in aid of the IHF. A fantastic day out awaits, with drinks reception, silver service lunch, guest tipsters, auction and live music. Amongst the items going under the hammer at auction is a Philip Tracey hat and a Jan Kelly suit. A table of 10 costs €1,000. For more information on tickets see here or contact Amy Vaughan at the Irish Hospice Foundation on 01 6793188.    

LloydsPharmacy raises over €40,000 for the Irish Hospice Foundation in 2014

Posted on: January 30th, 2015
LloydsPharmacy, Ireland’s largest pharmacy group, raised over €40,000 for the Irish Hospice Foundation through a variety of activities held in its 87 stores across the country in 2014.   The majority of money was raised through Celebration Weekends held in-store in September, with LloydsPharmacy also donating 2% of all sales from their stores nationwide to the Irish Hospice Foundation.   Almost €15,000 was raised from Christmas activity, including the sale of reindeer food, Christmas cards and Christmas decorations.   Reindeer Food, a special recipe of oats and magic, was available to buy on sale for €2 in all branches of LloydsPharmacy around Ireland in the run up to Christmas.   Other activities included the Ice Bucket Challenge (€2,000) and store openings (€1,000).   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 funding from the state and therefore relies on the generosity of donations to fund many services, including;  
  • 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 vital care and support to patients with life limiting illnesses.
  • Training 3,000 people every year in providing bereavement support
  • Improving the environment in hospitals in which people die through the Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme
  Goretti Brady, managing director of LloydsPharmacy, said: “Our charity partnership with the Irish Hospice Foundation throughout 2014 was a very positive one. Not only did LloydsPharmacy colleagues and customers raise over €40,000 for the foundation, but we also had lots of fun in-store with the various fundraising activities. We look forward to our continued partnership this year and to supporting the important work of the Irish Hospice Foundation.” Sharon Foley, CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation said: “The Irish Hospice Foundation is delighted to receive this generous donation from LloydsPharmacy. The Irish Hospice Foundation works tirelessly every day to ensure that people who are approaching end of life receive the best care and support possible. The €40,000 raised by LloydsPharmacy colleagues and customers will greatly help us to maintain our services in 2015.”

Irish Hospice Foundation calls for further investment in dementia services  

Posted on: January 29th, 2015
The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) today (Thursday, January 29th) called for further investment in dementia care in Ireland following the release of a new survey which highlights huge gaps in dementia services. The IHF said the focus needs to be widened from providing dedicated dementia units in residential care to holistically supporting the needs of people with dementia, and their families, in all care settings. The call came following the launch of An Irish National Survey of Dementia in Long-Term Residential Care, undertaken by the Dementia Services Information and Development Centre in TCS and led by Associate Professor Suzanne Cahill. It revealed that just 11% of nursing homes in Ireland have dedicated dementia care units. The survey highlighted inequities across the country regarding the location and number of specialist care units for older people with dementia. Counties Sligo, Wicklow, Carlow, Kilkenny, Westmeath and Offaly have no such units and the survey found that clusters of units were evident in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Donegal, Cavan, Louth, Meath and Monaghan. The report also found that the private sector provides the bulk of dementia-specific residential care, and recommends that fairer funding be provided for the private sector, given the complex and high dependency needs of this group. Marie Lynch, Head of Healthcare Programmes in the Irish Hospice Foundation, said: “Caring for people with dementia is not about providing dedicated dementia units, although they can be helpful for some people. We believe the focus needs to be on ensuring all residential care settings in the country are able to holistically care for people with dementia.  “Up to 70 per cent of people in residential care have dementia, and this is set to increase with the changing demographics. It is estimated that almost 47,000 people in Ireland live with dementia and this figure is expected to triple by 2050. In anticipation of this, and to provide the best care at end of life, we need to address the deficiencies outlined in the report. “ She welcomed the fact that the report emphasised the need for end of life care for all people with dementia. The Irish Hospice Foundation has to date invested €1.5 million in its Changing Minds Programme which develops dedicated resources, training and tool kits for staff and families to support people with dementia to live well until the end of life. The programme is also developing material for people with dementia who reside in residential care settings. Ms Lynch added, “The Irish Hospice Foundation is rolling out quality improvement, education and training to support good end of life for people with dementia under our Changing Minds Programme.” “We will continue to support the need for dementia palliative care within all health care settings so that people with dementia receive appropriate end-of-life care.”   See the full report here

RTÉ’s Nationwide shines spotlight on Design & Dignity project transforming Irish hospitals

Posted on: January 19th, 2015
Nationwide put the spotlight on The Irish Hospice Foundation's Design & Dignity Project on Friday with a focus on Mercy University Hospital in Cork, Beaumont Hospital and the Mater in Dublin. The programme showcased three projects which benefited from the Design & Dignity grants scheme which is operated and co-funded by the IHF and the HSE. A family room has created a sense of calm on a busy ward in The Mater, while both MUH and Beaumont Hospital have benefited from revamped mortuaries. To date 11 projects have been funded across the country under the Design & Dignity scheme at a cost of €1.5m. To watch the programme click here      

Irish Hospice Foundation/HSE announce new round of Design & Dignity grants 

Posted on: January 16th, 2015
 THE Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) and the HSE today announced the beneficiaries of the new round of Design & Dignity grants which include St. Monica’s gynaecology ward at University Hospital Galway.   Nine hospitals around Ireland will benefit from grants totalling €500,000 which will help transform   older /dated spaces including family rooms, gardens and mortuaries.  The Design & Dignity grants scheme is operated and co-funded by the IHF and the HSE.   St. Monica’s Ward in University Hospital Galway, Saolta University Health Care Group, is to receive €56,000 under the Design & Dignity Grants scheme. Following a high profile maternal death a number of actions were agreed for University Hospital Galway, including improving the facilities available to women experiencing pregnancy loss.   The grant will be used to create a single en-suite room on St Monica’s Ward which is used for the care of women experiencing pregnancy loss, and also gynaecological patients who are approaching the end of their life.   Ann Cosgrove, General Manager Galway University Hospitals, warmly welcomed the grant allocation today saying it will go towards transforming existing accommodation to support patient care.   “We are really pleased with today's announcement as it will allow us to significantly improve the environment that our patients are in when they are ill.  Pregnancy loss is a very emotional time for couples and this project will provide a dignified, dedicated   space with privacy at this difficult time. This substantial grant will make a real difference to patients. We are very excited about this new project.”   To date 11 projects have been funded across the country under the Design & Dignity scheme at a cost of €1.5m.   Other recipients of the grants announced today include: Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe and Roscommon Hospital, all from the Saolta University Health Care Group;  Ennis Hospital; Kerry General Hospital; St John’s Hospital in Limerick  and  St James’ Hospital; Beaumont Hospital and The Mater Hospital all based in Dublin.   Projects vary from the provision of a bereavement suite, to family rooms and mortuary refurbishments.   Sharon Foley, CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation, commented: “The Design & Dignity Fund aims to bring design excellence to hospitals where so many people spend the last days of their lives. We have already seen the grants improve facilities in hospitals across the country and are delighted to announce 12 more projects for 2015.”  NATIONWIDE Three projects that have benefited to date from the Design & Dignity grant fund  - a mortuary in Mercy University Hospital in Cork, a family room in The Mater in Dublin and a mortuary in Beaumont Hospital - Dublin will be featured on Nationwide on RTÉ One this Friday, January 16, at 7pm.  


Posted on: January 14th, 2015

Exciting opportunity within IHF Fundraising team!

We are looking for two bright, motivated trainees to join our busy fundraising office and become an integral part of our team, supporting us and gaining experience across our various fundraising activities, including: the national campaigns Sunflower Days and Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning; individual giving campaigns; fundraising events; corporate giving; legacy giving and two new exciting national campaigns. This role will give the trainee an excellent overview of a national fundraising office and a variety of income streams. The trainee will be given a mentor and in-house training throughout the internship. There may be an opportunity for full time employment at the end of the traineeship and if such a position is offered, the trainee will be put through Fundraising Ireland’s Certificate of Fundraising. For more details about this JobBridge Internship, please click HERE  


Posted on: January 14th, 2015

On Saturday 28th February, Mercury Engineering will host a race day at Leopardstown in aid of Irish Hospice Foundation.

Leopardstown Race

Join us for this fun-filled day!



  • Drinks reception
  • Silver service Lunch
  • Private tote betting
  • Guest MC – Tracey Piggott
  • Guest Tipsters
  • Auction and raffle
…And Live Music! A table of 10 costs €1,000. For more information about the event and to book your table, please click HERE