On Friday 1st December: Broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan was among the special guests who supported the Irish Hospice Foundation’s (IHF) Never Forgotten Dine Out today.
More than 100 guests got into the festive spirit at the IHF’s first Christmas lunch in the Unicorn restaurant, raising vital funds towards the provision of bereavement services and hospice care in Ireland. Every year 29,000 people in Ireland die, with an average ten people left directly affected by a death. That equates to 290,000 people who will be experiencing the pain of loss this festive season.
Miriam, a lifelong supporter of the IHF, urged everyone to support the charity’s Christmas Never Forgotten appeal by remembering a loved one in an extra special way. This unique offering invites those who are bereaved to record a message to their loved ones at www.neverforgotten.ie. The messages of remembrance will be posted online and handwritten into a special Book of Remembrance which will then be on display in the IHF library throughout 2018. Miriam said the loss of her beloved sister Ann and father Jerry is felt by all her family each Christmas.
“By paying tribute to a loved one this Christmas you are also supporting the vital work of The Irish Hospice Foundation as they help those nearing death or those suffering from bereavement,” she added. The IHF is a national charity dedicated to all matters relating to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland. Our aim is to achieve dignity comfort and choice for all people facing the end of life.
IHF CEO, Sharon Foley, said: “Grief is painful all year around, but at Christmas time it can be especially hard for those bereaved. Through our Never Forgotten Appeal you can pay tribute to your loved one and support our services.
“As a national charity we strive for the best care at end of life all year round, but we can’t do it without the generosity of our supporters, including those attending our special Dine Out today The funds raised this Christmas will help support thousands of people at end of life as well as their families.”
All funds raised supports the work of the IHF, which includes: · Nurses for Night Care Services – which provides professional end-of-life care to very ill patients in the home · Care for Children Campaign – supporting children with life-limiting conditions and their families · Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme - to bring best end-of-life care and principles to those in hospitals and other care settings · Training over 3,000 people annually – to improve end-of-life care and bereavement support nationwide For more information visit www.neverforgotten.ie
Any media queries, please contact Jane Flynn, Communications, Irish Hospice Foundation on 01-6793188 or 087-235 6801