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LloydsPharmacy and The Irish Hospice Foundation partnership renewed for a further two years

LloydsPharmacy and The Irish Hospice Foundation partnership renewed for a further two years

  • €68,000 raised by LloydsPharmacy to date to support work of The Irish Hospice Foundation and hospice care across Ireland.
  • LloydsPharmacy has announced an extension of its successful partnership with The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) for a further two years. The partnership will see Ireland’s largest pharmacy chain join with the IHF to raise funds and increase public awareness of the work undertaken by the charity across the country in all of its 94 pharmacy stores. To date, over €68,000 has been raised by the stores both for IHF and local hospices over the last two years.

Some key initiatives planned for 2016, include:

  • The Annual LloydsPharmacy-IHF Celebration Weekend on Thursday – Sunday, 22 – 25 September 2016. During this weekend, LloydsPharmacy will celebrate anniversary of its establishment in Ireland, marking the event by holding numerous fundraising activities in-store. In addition to all monies raised, 2% of all sales in LloydsPharmacy stores and 10% of all online sales will go directly to The Irish Hospice Foundation  that weekend;

  • In the run-up to Christmas, ‘IHF Reindeer Food’, a special food mix of oats and magic for children to leave for Santa’s reindeer to fuel their journey on Christmas Eve, will be available in LloydsPharmacy stores nationwide. All proceeds for this special reindeer treat, will go to IHF. There will also be IHF Christmas cards for sale in all stores.
  • Throughout the year IHF collection boxes will feature in all LloydsPharmacy stores, with all funds raised supporting the important work of IHF.

The IHF’s core objective is to strive for the best care at end of life for all and support for their loved ones. The IHF works across a range of areas including Hospice Friendly Hospitals, hospice home care for children, Nurses for Night Care providing support and reassurance for the person and their families in their homes.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Goretti Brady, Manager of LloydsPharmacy, said: “I am delighted to announce that LloydsPharmacy is extending our successful partnership with the IHF for a further two years. Our respective organisations share many mutual objectives. Like the IHF, our pharmacists and store colleagues are often in daily contact with people at the end of their life, and with their family and friends, assist them in care and treatment. We are both committed to ensuring that patients receive the best quality of care and dignity as they approach end of life.

“The IHF and the wider hospice movement undertake vital work across Ireland, which has touched and helped practically every family in Ireland over the years. We are delighted to support them in their work and look forward to building on our successful partnership over the coming two years.”

Sharon Foley, CEO of The Irish Hospice Foundation noted: I want to thank LloydsPharmacy for their continued support. Healthcare professionals, including pharmacists, play a vital role in providing quality end-of-life care in communities across Ireland. Lloyd’s support helps The IHF strive for the best care at end of life for all and bring hospice care and principles to people where they are – in their communities, local hospital, residential facility or family home.

The IHF is a national charity dedicated to all matters relating to dying, death and bereavement.  We receive no core State funding and rely on public support to fund our innovative programmes. The support provided by LloydsPharmacy is greatly appreciated.”