fbpx
Home Posts tagged "Nurses for Night Care"

Posts Tagged ‘Nurses for Night Care’

NEW CYCLE CHALLENGE LAUNCHED IN AID OF IRISH HOSPICE FOUNDATION

Posted on: June 5th, 2020

202020 Cycle for IHF

SPONSOR a cyclist

The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) Cycle Challenge is the charity’s biggest annual fundraising event.

Each year 60 cyclists take on a 600km cycle to raise vital funds for Nurses for Night Care. This free national service enables people with non-cancer related illnesses to spend their final days at home whilst receiving professional palliative nursing care. The demand for this service increases each year and the funds raised by cyclists have been vital in helping to keep up with demand.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Cycle Challenge, due to take place in Italy, is not going ahead. This will leave a huge gap in funding this vital service. Knowing this, one of the IHF’s loyal cyclists has set a different challenge.

Now, the IHF is calling on everyone to get on their bike and be a part of a special team challenge this year – simply cycle 20km on 20th June and donate €20.

Paul Kimmage and daughter Evelyn are the ambassadors for the IHF Cycle Challenge. Speaking about this new fundraising effort, Paul said: “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. The gift of a peaceful and comfortable final chapter for our loved ones is one we all would love to give, especially in these uncertain and challenging time. In supporting this new IHF Cycle Challenge, by taking part or through raising funds, we will help to make this possible for more and more families.”

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: “These are challenging times for us all and even more so, given much of our fundraising activity has now been curtailed due to the necessary public health restrictions. The money raised through the IHF Cycle each year, makes such a huge difference to people and their families all over Ireland. Nurses for Night Care continues to operate during the pandemic, which means people are still able to spend their precious final days at home. 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.”

Any pedal power counts – bicycle, electric bike, static bike the choice is yours. Even more, you might encourage 20 friends to sponsor you or take up the challenge themselves.

It’s simple – 20km – 20th June 2020.

For more information and to take part go here or email louise.mccarron@hospicefoundation.ie

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

JOIN US ON OUR 10TH ANNIVERSARY CYCLE ACROSS NORTHERN SPAIN!

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.

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.

Collage

 

Thank you to Bon Secours Health System

Posted on: April 11th, 2017

Bon Secours cheque presentation

We would really like to thank Bon Secours Health System for their very generous donation of €5,000.  This donation will certainly be a huge help funding our “Nurses for Night Care” Programme.

Public Enables 600 People to Die at Home in 2016 through our Nurses for Night Care

Posted on: March 7th, 2017

SIX hundred people with diseases other than cancer who were approaching death last year had their wish to die at home fulfilled with the support of Nurses for Night Care.

The nationwide service supported by the Irish Hospice Foundation through donations from the public provides free night nursing care to people in their own home. Nurses stay throughout the night providing comfort and practical support to patients and their families.

Retired pharmacist and mother of five Mona O’Riordan died peacefully at home with her daughter Aine by her side. Mona, originally a native of Birr, worked in her Dublin pharmacy until the age of 78 and was 92 when she died.

Aine said the family was “lucky” to make it possible for them to fulfil their mother’s expressed wish to die at home. “She had a really good life and a really good death, in her own bed, in her own home. You couldn’t ask for better than that.” 

“I’m not a nurse and I’d never been present at this stage of someone’s life before. The nurse was wonderful; from the moment she arrived she could not have been better. We knew she was going to mind our mother from a medical point of view but she also minded us.

“We obviously miss her, but when you feel it couldn’t have gone any better that makes a real difference,” she said.

Mona O'Riordan with family

Caption: The late Mona O’Riordan with family. Retired pharmacist and mother of five, Mona died peacefully at home with her daughter Aine by her side helped by the Nurses for Night Care service.

 

Marie Lynch, IHF Head of Healthcare Programmes, said: “Three quarters of Irish people would like to die at home, according to IHF research but only approximately one in four get to do so. Support from Nurses for Night Care enables people to die at home if that is their wish.  70% of people die from non-cancer illnesses every year such as dementia, heart disease, motor neurone disease, advanced respiratory disease and end stage kidney disease.

Demand for the service grows annually. We provided 100 nights of care when launched the service 11 years ago. That number grew to 2,027 nights in 2016 costing €649,171. Care was delivered in 26 counties across Ireland and we are so very grateful to everyone who donated to make this difference. Referrals are made by the Specialist Palliative Care home care team to us and it is then arranged for a nurse to visit the home,” concluded Ms Lynch.

The IHF has an agreement with the Irish Cancer Society to provide the service.

The IHF receives core funding from Pobal from the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government’s Scheme to Support National Organisations 2016-2019.