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Heartfelt Thanks to 56 Cyclists who Raised Funds for 450 Nights of Free Nursing Care & to our Sponsor Kingspan

Posted on: June 30th, 2016

IHF Kingspan Cycle Challenge

56 Cyclists Complete The Kingspan Irish Hospice Foundation Cycle Challenge on The Wild Mediterranean Way

The Irish Hospice Foundation warmly thanks all 56 cyclists who raised €150,000 for The IHF’s Nurses for Night Care service as they journeyed over 600km from Southern France to Barcelona last week including several gruelling climbs through the Pyrenees. Sports journalist and former professional cyclist Paul Kimmage joined the cycle. Sharon Foley, CEO of The IHF, commented:
“Each year the demand for our Nurses for Night Care Service grows; and we are determined to continue to support people so they can fulfil their wish to die at home. We receive no core state funding so the cycle is a hugely important fundraiser for us. We are grateful to our sponsors Kingspan for their continued support and to all the cyclists that have fundraised so hard for us this year.”
In the past all ages have completed the cycle - from 20-year-olds, right up to male and female cyclists in their seventies. Couples, siblings, colleagues, friends and cyclists of all abilities have all come along for the adventure. Cyclists included nine participants from Kingspan, including CEO Gene Murtagh, and they raised over €65,000 for The Irish Hospice Foundation. Gene Murtagh, CEO of Kingspan said:
“We’ve had an exhausting but uplifting experience, enjoying some beautiful scenery and the support of a fantastic organising team. Kingspan has sponsored this event since 2009, and we are delighted to be associated with the amazing work of The Irish Hospice Foundation.”
In 2015 The IHF’s Nurses for Night Care service provided over 1,700 nights of free nursing care to 520 families, and the demand grows annually. Since the cycle challenge began in 2009, over €1m has been raised to support the work of The IHF.  

Let’s Dine Out again!

Posted on: June 23rd, 2016

Let's dine out again!

Dine Out 1.07 posterThe Special Events Committee of The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF), are hosting another “Dine Out for the Irish Hospice Foundation” event on Friday,  1st July 2016. This time we will be heading to the very picturesque seaside town of Dun Laoghaire where The Royal Irish Yacht Club will kindly provide our fantastic guests with drinks reception and an exquisite three-course meal. Tickets are on sale now and cost €65. Book early to avoid disappointment. We are delighted with the support from The Royal Irish Yacht Club and look forward to another great ‘Dine Out’! For more information or to book your place, please contact Louise McCarron on 01 679 3188 or email louise.mccarron@hospicefoundation.ie  

New Survey highlights need for more talk about palliative care

Posted on: June 20th, 2016

Half of palliative care users across the Island of Ireland feel frustrated or helpless

Lets talk about palliative care report A survey by the All Ireland Institute for Hospice & Palliative Care shows that we must encourage people to exercise personal choice through the timely provision of accessible and appropriate information on palliative and end of life care.” More than two thirds of palliative care users across Ireland have admitted that ‘planning for the future’ is their biggest worry. Half of the people who took part in the new All-Ireland said they felt frustrated or helpless. A further 51 per cent said their emotional and psychological needs were not met and 42 per cent wanted better co-ordination of care or treatment. The findings are contained in the Let’s Talk About Palliative Care Survey Report The survey was coordinated by the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC). It asked people to talk about their positive or negative experiences of care.





Posted on: June 20th, 2016
Ulster BankThe Irish Hospice Foundation is delighted to be involved in the Ulster Bank ‘One Week in June’ campaign. Ulster Bank’s annual fundraising campaign, One week in June, takes place over the month of June culminating in a series of events from June 20th to June 26th. Staff and customers come together to raise money and awareness for charity. The campaign, which is in its 4th year, encourages Ulster Bank staff and customers to get involved through whichever form of fundraising they wish. Customers can get involved by taking part in their local branch’s fundraising efforts, by donating directly in their branch or online at www.ulsterbank.ie’ The One Week in June Just Giving pages are live and people can donate at this link https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/OWIJIrishHospiceFoundation The Irish Hospice Foundation receives no core state funding and rely on public donations to fund our work.
Initiatives like this are hugely important to us and we would like to extend heartfelt thanks to all the staff and customers of Ulster Bank.  Their support is helping us make better end-of-life care a reality across Ireland.  
The Irish Hospice Foundation is a national charity working for better end-of-life care everywhere.  Fundamental to our work is the belief that people have the right to die with respect and dignity.  Our programmes bring hospice care and principles to people where they are – in their local communities, their local hospital, residential facility or the family home.  We also spend resources on up-skilling existing health-care professionals so they can provide the best quality care.        

Caring for a terminally ill mother inspires new poetry collection

Posted on: June 15th, 2016

Limerick native launches 'A dying language'

Award winning poet Monica Corish wrote her new collection, 'A Dying Language' during the six months she cared for her terminally ill mother. Teresa Corish, 79 from Doon, Co Limerick was diagnosed with terminal cancer in May 2011 and died the following November. Monica and her sister are trained nurses so along with their two other siblings and extended family they were able to care for Teresa in her own home until her death. Monica said they got invaluable support from home care nurses from Milford Hospice during this time.  Monica said: “For six months I travelled every week by train from Leitrim to Limerick, writing my way through those journeys, coming to terms with what was happening, making sense of the changes in my mother, the strains in our family, and my own reactions – the writing of the poems helped to contain my grief.” In the month’s following her mother’s death she began to realise that the poems had a “universal quality” despite being particular to one death, one family and one set of relationships. Monica said: “It has been suggested to me that the collection describes a particularly Irish way of death, and I can see how that might be true.” Monica’s father Michael Corish, 89 died in July 2013. Monica was there to care for her father too.  She said: “His death was very different to my mother’s: less of a tragedy, more expected, even welcomed by him, after a chronic and debilitating illness of many years’ duration.” Monica added: “It wasn’t all easy by any means caring for either mam or dad while they were dying, but the residual tangles and snarls of our child-parent relationships burned away, and we came into an easy place together.” The new book is published by The Irish Hospice Foundation. Fifty per cent of profits from the sale of this book will got the Irish Hospice Foundation and to local hospices.
Irish Hospice Foundation chief executive Sharon Foley described Monica’s work as a “joy to read” in a foreword to the collection.  Ms Foley said: “Hospice is about living well to the end and Monica’s poems embody this spirit but with cutting honesty – she does not hide from the struggle this living can involve.”
Poet Jane Clarke who launched the book said the collection, while contemplating suffering and loss, is ultimately a celebration of commitment and love. “The poems courageously convey the depth and breadth of emotions evoked through the months of giving over one’s life to caring for someone through the days of illness and approaching death,” Jane Clarke said. Poet, playwright and novelist Dermot Bolger said: “This is an elegy for a lost mother and a courageous insight into a journey of loss, but also a celebration of the memories that bind tight as part of the ongoing story that links those have gone before us with those who remain behind.”


Have you returned your Raffle stubs yet? Closing date is Monday, 27th June!

Posted on: June 14th, 2016

The draw date is fast approaching for our Summer Car Raffle and we hope we can rely on your kind support to make one final effort on our behalf to buy or sell any remaining raffle tickets and return your stubs and money before the closing date on 27th June 2016.

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  We would be so grateful if you could sell as many tickets as possible to help us continue to fund our Nurses for Night Care service. Demand for this vital service is growing. Your support means the world to us so thank you once again. Every ticket helps a family in need.

The closing date is Monday, 27th June 2016 and the draw takes place on Thursday, 30th June 2016.

If you have misplaced your freepost envelope please return your ticket stubs and money to: The Irish Hospice Foundation Morrison Chambers 32 Nassau Street FREEPOST Dublin 2 If you require any additional tickets or have any queries please call our hotline on 1850 211 861 and we will be happy to help.  


“Hospices reliant on compassionate communities” Hospice Sunflower Days June 10th & 11th

Posted on: June 9th, 2016

Supporting local hospices

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. Sunflower Days 2016 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. She said:
“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.”

Compassionate Communities

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 

Riverdance announce a charity 24 hour Irish DanceAthon in aid of The Irish Hospice Foundation

Posted on: June 8th, 2016
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. Riverdance - Emma Warren & Bobby Hodges 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.”

Celebrating 30 years

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 RiverdanceThe 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

Get Tickets

Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre: Performance schedule: 14 June - 4 September 2016 Riverdance contacts Tickets from €15 www.ticketmaster.ie / 0818 719 388

Buy Sons+Fathers Book and support a great cause…

Posted on: June 7th, 2016
Some of the world’s best known men including President Bill Clinton, actor Gabriel Byrne and all of the members of rock group U2 are part of this special Irish Hospice Foundation book celebrating the unique relationship between sons and fathers. International writers, actors, artists, musicians, politicians and entrepreneurs make up the star-studded cast contributing to Sons+Fathers. The global book of words and images was inspired by U2 lead singer Bono who donated tender drawings he made of his father towards the end of his life. These formed the foundation of this remarkable anthology of personal contributions. The brilliant cast from the world of film and stage who have contributed includes John Boorman; Daniel Day-Lewis; Gabriel Byrne; Neil Jordan; Paul Cusack and Colin Farrell. Musicians include all of the members of U2, the bands former manager Paul McGuinness and his son Max; Paul McCartney; Bob Geldof; Julian Lennon, and Gavin Friday. Writers include John Banville; Roddy Doyle; Robert Fisk; Paul Auster; Mick Heaney; Colum McCann; Joseph O’Connor and Salman Rushdie. From the political world there are contributions from President Clinton, Alastair Campbell and Bobby Shriver.

So look no further and ORDER NOW to be guaranteed delivery before Father's Day, Sunday 19th June.

Best of luck to all our fantastic ladies in this year’s Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon!

Posted on: June 3rd, 2016
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  We would like to wish the very best of luck to all ladies taking part in Vhi Women's Mini Marathon this June bank holiday Monday and especially to those who will be hotfooting it in aid of The Irish Hospice Foundation! We are so grateful to you all for taking on this 10km challenge and choosing to support our work. Please share any photos from the event with us and don't forget to tag us in your Facebook posts!