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Bank Holiday Message from our CEO

Posted on: May 29th, 2020

Dear all,   

Who amongst us would have thought, as we left our places of work, learning and worship back in March, that we would still be locked out of them for the June Bank Holiday? But, here we are. The “longer weekend” gives us all a chance to reflect over the past few months and I know, through all the work that we do, that for many of you these have been incredibly challenging times.  

Our new Care & Inform series of resources are in high demand and I hope you will take a moment to avail of them if you, or someone you know, has been impacted by COVID-19, loss or restricted funerals during the pandemic.

All of our existing programmes and our new Covid response ones – continue to run and we remain proud to serve you, our public, in all matters relating to death, dying and bereavement.

We rely hugely on our fundraising to maintain all this work, so I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who so generously shown their support for the work of the Irish Hospice Foundation. 

With our events and appeals having to take their own enforced “lockdown”, these are challenging times for us. Every donation really matters and I am so grateful to our regular supporters and to those of you who have joined us for the first time. 

If you would like to be kept up to date with the work you are helping, please sign up for our free newsletters here or send us an email, to fundraising@hospicefoundation.ie We would love to hear from you.     

With the onset of June comes the prospect of easing restrictions and the gradual re-opening of our office. We look forward to that but in the meantime, I wish you all a wonderful bank holiday. 

Please take care of yourself and those around you.    

Warmest wishes,
Sharon Foley
CEO Irish Hospice Foundation 

Rosabel’s Rooms- In partnership with the Irish Hospice Foundation

Posted on: February 24th, 2020



Rosabel’s Rooms was established by parents Suzanne McClean and Gary Monroe in memory of their beloved daughter Rosabel Monroe, who died suddenly and unexpectedly in April 2017, aged sixteen months.

Rosabel’s Rooms in collaboration with The Irish Hospice Foundation, was launched on the 5th January 2018, on what would have been Rosabel’s 2nd birthday.
The project is developing the following activities:
  1. Through the Design & Dignity Programme at the Irish Hospice Foundation, this project is facilitating the development of family-friendly bereavement suites in hospital emergency departments around Ireland, which will provide comfort and dignity for families following the loss of a loved one.
  1. The Rosabel’s Room-to-Heal fund is providing direct financial support to families, when a child dies in Ireland. The Fund is helping bereaved parents and families to take time off work, pay for funeral costs etc.
  1. Over the coming paths, this project will work to ensure required therapeutic supports are made available for individuals impacted by child loss.
Sharon Foley CEO of the IHF says: “We hope this partnership with Rosabel’s Rooms will give families sanctuary to be together in private at extremely difficult times. The essence of Design & Dignity is to convey a sense of reverence and respect for life, death and bereavement.”
For more information, email: rosabelsrooms@gmail.com or click here
For upcoming events, click here  To donate to Rosabel’s Rooms, click here

Rosabel’s Room-to-Heal Fund: Apply now

Rosabel’s Room-to-Heal Fund is providing financial support as an immediate response to the loss of a child. Click here for more information and eligibility. 

Design & Dignity is part of the Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HFH) Programme is an IHF initiative to ensure that palliative, end of life and bereavement care are central to the everyday business of hospitals. To date, the Design and Dignity Project has supported 34 projects around Ireland enabling hospitals to create relaxing spacious family rooms, inpatient suites and maternity bereavement suites and upgraded mortuaries into welcoming, respectful environments. For more information, click here
CHY 6830 – Registered Charity 20013554

We support Hooves4Hospice: A Midland Hospice Building Fund

Posted on: February 16th, 2020

Our CEO Sharon Foley speaking at the launch of the new fundraising campaign, Hooves 4 Hospice, in Mullingar recently.

The Irish Hospice Foundation is backing the Hooves4Hospice campaign which is helping raise funds to build a Level 3 Hospice to provide specialist end-of-life care and support for people in the Midlands.

The ambitious fundraising project, which was launched by Tullamore Lions Club last week and has the support of other Lions Clubs and the Irish Hospice Foundation, involves recruiting a large number of farmers willing to rear a young animal, has the potential to raise a sizeable sum of money for a much-needed Midlands Hospice.

Our CEO Sharon Foley was one of the guest speakers at the launch in Mullingar. She said:

“People in the Midlands are at a disadvantage when it comes to hospice and palliative care services compared to those in other parts of the country.  On the one hand there is excellent palliative homecare available, while on the other there is no regional specialist palliative care unit (often called regional hospice) in the Midlands.  This means patients and their families are being denied the full range of services that come with a Level 3 hospice.  As research has shown investment per person on specialist palliative care for people in Laois, Offaly, Westmeath is a fraction of that spent elsewhere. More worryingly patients have no choice in their place of care at end of life and have to rely on acute hospitals. In the Midlands, 36% of cancer patients who die, die in an acute hospital compared to 25% in the Mid-West. The excellent homecare teams need the support of specialist colleagues in regional hospices so as to be able to offer the best care to patients at end of life.  All other areas have developed, or have plans to develop, inpatient units for their populations. 

The Minister for Health told us this week that the current model of funding for capital development of hospice will remain.  That is that the local community or hospice groups fund the capital costs of building a hospice and the Department of Health will commit to pay all of the – much more substantial – revenue costs of running the hospice.  Now is the time to act to secure the future of hospice and palliative care and its further development in Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath.”

To find out more and to support the Hooves4Hospice campaign, go here. 

Cycle for Care 2020: Join Paul and Evelyn Kimmage in Northern Italy

Posted on: January 28th, 2020

Sports journalist and former professional cyclist Paul Kimmage pictured with his daughter Evelyn as they call on cycling enthusiasts nationwide to join him and his daughter on the 12th Cycle for Care in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) this June. Pic by. Robbie Reynolds


Sports journalist and former professional cyclist Paul Kimmage is calling on cycling enthusiasts nationwide to join him and his daughter Evelyn on the 12th Cycle for Care in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) this June.

The duo will lead the way across the stunning landscapes of Northern Italy from 28 June- 4 July. They will be pedaling for the IHF’s Nurses for Night Care. This is a free national service for people with illnesses other than cancer, which enables them to fulfil their wish to die at home. Demand for the service grew by almost 20% in 2019.  

Speaking today, Paul said: “This will be my sixth Cycle Challenge in aid of the Nurses for Night Care service. On all my journeys with the IHF, I have heard many poignant and touching stories from my fellow cyclists about these inspirational nurses and the care they provide at the end of life. Nurses for Night Care allow people to spend their final days at home with their families. The gift of a peaceful and comfortable final chapter for our loved ones is one we all would love to give. In supporting the IHF Cycle Challenge, by taking part or through raising funds, we help to make this possible for more and more families.”

“I am delighted my daughter Evelyn will be able to join me once again this year. We are encouraging cyclists of all abilities to join us on this stunning route through northern Italy. It’s a hugely rewarding experience.”

The Kingspan-sponsored cycle has raised over €2 million for the IHF since it started in 2009. Over 4,500 families have been cared for by the Nurses for Night Care service with over 13,000 nights of care delivered since it was established.

IHF CEO Sharon Foley said: “The money raised through the IHF Cycle is making such a huge difference to people and their families all over Ireland. It means they are able to spend their precious final moments together, at home. Each year, we are blown away by the dedication and support of our brilliant ambassadors, Paul and Evelyn Kimmage and of, course our incredible cyclists, to support this vital service. 90% of Irish Hospice Foundation funding comes directly from the public which means we couldn’t do what we do (like funding Nurse for Night Care) without you.”

Team Kingspan have participated in all of the IHF Cycles over the years: “We are very proud to support this event and to help the IHF make a real difference to so many people and families all over Ireland. We have no doubt it’s going to be another hugely successful year.”

This is a fantastic way to challenge yourself and see the stunning landscape of Northern Italy. Starting in Bassano, the route will take in remarkable scenery; including the iconic Stelvio pass and will end on the shores of Lake Como. Flights, accommodation and full board are included and full details can be found at here or by calling 01 679 3188.

Registration closes Friday 13 March. 

New Year, New Challenge?

Posted on: January 6th, 2020



New year, new you, the Irish Hospice Foundation has the challenge for you!

This year, our Cycle Challenge will take place at the end of June across the stunning landscape of Northern Italy while our Camino Challenge will take place in Portugal in September.

Why not get on your bike and or dust off your walking shoes and take on the challenge to raise funds for the Irish Hospice Foundation!

For more details and to register you interest, go here: https://bit.ly/36RvWgY

Will you host a Big Rugby Brunch during the World Cup?

Posted on: August 16th, 2019

Answer our call!

Join in the excitement kicking off in Japan during the World Cup (Sept 20th – Nov 2nd) by hosting a Big Rugby Brunch for The Irish Hospice Foundation.

The matches will be shown during the mornings, so why not organise a brunch for family, friends and colleagues either at home, at your local club or even at work?

Simply ask your brunch guests to give a donation in lieu of a cuppa and a bite to eat.

To join the scrum and raise money for those facing dying, death and bereavement in Ireland, go here. We’ll send you out your very own Big Rugby Brunch Fundraising Pack!

New Year, New Challenge!

Posted on: January 2nd, 2019


Looking for a new challenge in 2019?
Why not get on your bike and pedal your from Santander to Santiago in aid of our Nurses for Night Care service this June.
Our Cycle Ambassador Paul Kimmage is also returning for our biggest annual event of the year.
Don’t miss the challenge of a lifetime where you’ll be taking the magnificent land and seascape of Northern Spain while supporting those nearing the end of life who wish to spend their final days at home.
For more info & how to register, please click here.
** To avail of the Early Bird Discount, make sure you sign up before 31 January 2019

Join Paul & Evelyn Kimmage on our CSI: Cyle for Care this June

Posted on: January 10th, 2018

Sports journalist and former professional cyclist Paul Kimmage is calling on cycling enthusiasts nationwide to join him and his daughter Evelyn on the CSI: Cycle for Care in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) this June. The duo will lead the way, covering 600km across the stunning landscapes of Croatia, Slovenia and Italy in just 5 days. They will be pedalling for the IHF’s Nurses for Night Care service, which provides care to people in their own homes at the end of life right around the country. This is a fantastic way to challenge yourself and see the beautiful mountains and beaches of Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. Starting in Piran and staying in picturesque towns along the way to Trieste, you will be supported throughout your journey by the IHF team.  Flights, accommodation and full board are included and full details can be found here or by calling 01 6793188. Registration closes Friday 16 March. Read more here.

Support your local hospice through Sunflower Days 2017 – 9th & 10th June!

Posted on: June 9th, 2017

On these days, people will be able to support their local hospice service by purchasing various pieces of Sunflower merchandise including sunflower pins or sunflower seeds for €2 each from collectors on the streets of cities, towns and villages across Ireland.

Hospice Sunflower Days is a major source of income for hospices and voluntary hospice groups countrywide. The IHF coordinates the event on behalf of the hospice movement but all of the funds raised locally, stay locally.

For more information on Sunflower Days or to volunteer with your local hospice, please click HERE

C’mon the Camino with Katherine Lynch

Posted on: April 18th, 2017

From Dancing Shoes to Hiking Boots

Make every step count for hospice care this September by walking the Camino de Santiago with actress Katherine Lynch in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF).

The Leitrim-native will walk the scenic coasts of Portugal and northern Spain to support hospice care and IHF programmes such as Nurses for Night Care and Hospice Friendly Hospital Programme (HFH).

Katherine’s idonate link if you wish to support is here.

The IHF event takes place from September 24th to 1st October taking in beaches, rolling hills and gentle, flat paths with walking distances of approximately 20km daily. This section of the Camino is located in the region of Galicia – a region also known as the ‘Ireland of Spain’.


Helen McVeigh, IHF Director of Fundraising, commented: “By stepping out on the Camino you are embarking on a personal challenge but also supporting people nationwide who are facing death or bereavement. Our vision is for no one to face these difficult times without the care and support they need. This is your chance to make every step matter.

Katherine is an amazing ambassador and we’re delighted to have such a high profile personality leading the way. Nurses for Night Care service provided 2,027 nights of care in 2016 and helped 600 families. 48 hospitals have been involved in our HFH programme since it was founded 10 years ago.”

Flights, accommodation and full board are included and full details can be found here or by calling 01 6793188.