Do you work with bereaved? In 2018, the Irish Hospice Foundation will once again host a series of Workshops on Loss and Bereavement. These are for professionals and volunteers who are working with those who have experienced a major loss. Booking is essential. For the full list of workshops and booking details, click here
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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. 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 yearsThe 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 Riverdance. The 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 TicketsRiverdance at the Gaiety Theatre: Performance schedule: 14 June - 4 September 2016 Tickets from €15 www.ticketmaster.ie / 0818 719 388
On Saturday, February 28th, Mercury Engineering will host a race day at Leopardstown Racecourse in aid of The Irish Hospice Foundation. Broadcaster and former jockey Tracey Piggott is the guest MC for the event, which is the second annual Race Day in aid of the IHF. A fantastic day out awaits, with drinks reception, silver service lunch, guest tipsters, auction and live music. Amongst the items going under the hammer at auction is a Philip Tracey hat and a Jan Kelly suit. A table of 10 costs €1,000. For more information on tickets see here or contact Amy Vaughan at the Irish Hospice Foundation on 01 6793188.
LloydsPharmacy, Ireland’s largest pharmacy group, raised over €40,000 for the Irish Hospice Foundation through a variety of activities held in its 87 stores across the country in 2014. The majority of money was raised through Celebration Weekends held in-store in September, with LloydsPharmacy also donating 2% of all sales from their stores nationwide to the Irish Hospice Foundation. Almost €15,000 was raised from Christmas activity, including the sale of reindeer food, Christmas cards and Christmas decorations. Reindeer Food, a special recipe of oats and magic, was available to buy on sale for €2 in all branches of LloydsPharmacy around Ireland in the run up to Christmas. Other activities included the Ice Bucket Challenge (€2,000) and store openings (€1,000). The Irish Hospice Foundation is a national charity dedicated to all matters relating to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland. The IHF receives no core funding from the state and therefore relies on the generosity of donations to fund many services, including;
- Children’s Outreach Nurses, which means very ill children can be cared for at home surrounded by the family.
- Nurses for Night Care, which provides vital care and support to patients with life limiting illnesses.
- Training 3,000 people every year in providing bereavement support
- Improving the environment in hospitals in which people die through the Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme
The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) today (Thursday, January 29th) called for further investment in dementia care in Ireland following the release of a new survey which highlights huge gaps in dementia services. The IHF said the focus needs to be widened from providing dedicated dementia units in residential care to holistically supporting the needs of people with dementia, and their families, in all care settings. The call came following the launch of An Irish National Survey of Dementia in Long-Term Residential Care, undertaken by the Dementia Services Information and Development Centre in TCS and led by Associate Professor Suzanne Cahill. It revealed that just 11% of nursing homes in Ireland have dedicated dementia care units. The survey highlighted inequities across the country regarding the location and number of specialist care units for older people with dementia. Counties Sligo, Wicklow, Carlow, Kilkenny, Westmeath and Offaly have no such units and the survey found that clusters of units were evident in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Donegal, Cavan, Louth, Meath and Monaghan. The report also found that the private sector provides the bulk of dementia-specific residential care, and recommends that fairer funding be provided for the private sector, given the complex and high dependency needs of this group. Marie Lynch, Head of Healthcare Programmes in the Irish Hospice Foundation, said: “Caring for people with dementia is not about providing dedicated dementia units, although they can be helpful for some people. We believe the focus needs to be on ensuring all residential care settings in the country are able to holistically care for people with dementia. “Up to 70 per cent of people in residential care have dementia, and this is set to increase with the changing demographics. It is estimated that almost 47,000 people in Ireland live with dementia and this figure is expected to triple by 2050. In anticipation of this, and to provide the best care at end of life, we need to address the deficiencies outlined in the report. “ She welcomed the fact that the report emphasised the need for end of life care for all people with dementia. The Irish Hospice Foundation has to date invested €1.5 million in its Changing Minds Programme which develops dedicated resources, training and tool kits for staff and families to support people with dementia to live well until the end of life. The programme is also developing material for people with dementia who reside in residential care settings. Ms Lynch added, “The Irish Hospice Foundation is rolling out quality improvement, education and training to support good end of life for people with dementia under our Changing Minds Programme.” “We will continue to support the need for dementia palliative care within all health care settings so that people with dementia receive appropriate end-of-life care.” See the full report here