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Our History and Background

The Irish Hospice Foundation was set up in 1986 to fund and develop specific hospice services.

Since then our work has expanded to address the needs of people dying in hospitals, at home and in other care settings. We work to provide equity in access to palliative care services for all patients with life limiting illness.

We also promote discussion of a broad range of issues related to dying, death and bereavement, in order to identify what matters most to Irish people at the end of life and how best to address their concerns.

Find out more on our history and background in our digital Archive here>>>  

Our mission is to achieve dignity, comfort and choice for all people facing the end of life

We believe that good end-of-life care is embodied by the hospice approach. Hospice prioritises dignity and respect, seeks to relieve pain and distress and facilitates people to live life as fully as possible to the end.

  • Governed by a Board of Directors, we are funded through our own fundraising and the generosity of our supporters
  • We receive very limited funding*
  • We are among the first Irish charities to commit to the new voluntary code of practice, which provides clear guidelines for those who run charitable organisations

Find out more about our work programmes  >>>

 

 

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*We acknowledge funding for individual programmes received from the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Programme, the Scheme to Support National Organisations 2016-2019

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What we do

Death and dying affects each and every one of us. Every year, 29,000 people die in Ireland and up to 290,000 are newly bereaved. The Irish Hospice Foundation strives for the best care at end of life for  these people and practical support for their loved ones. This is some of what we deliver: Hospice […] Read more >

Our Objectives

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Governance

We are governed by a Board of voluntary non-executive Directors. None of our Directors receive payment of any kind for their service to the Irish Hospice Foundation. We value their expertise and guidance.To ensure transparency, at every Board meeting, Directors and senior managers present are asked to declare any conflict of interests with the IHF. Our […] Read more >

Funding and Accountability

The Irish Hospice Foundation is the only national organisation dedicated to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland. 80 people die every day in Ireland, and we believe every death matters. We want to help people have a good death, and get better bereavement support. We deliver extensive programmes in a broad range of areas relating […] Read more >

Our Staff

We can only run our services and deliver quality care for people at end of life with the commitment and experience of our professional staff. As at 31st December 2018 we employed a Chief Executive Officer and an additional thirty five staff, including fourteen part-time, in the areas of education and training, bereavement, healthcare programmes, […] Read more >

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