A message from the Connaught Rugby players

 

Coffee Mornings are in action all over Ireland this week! Our fantastic Ambassadors from the Connaught Rugby team will host a Coffee Morning in aid of Galway Hospice on Thursday 20th September.

We are so grateful for all your support, Thank You!

Fabulous new in-patient unit opens in Kerry Hospice

A stunning new inpatient unit in Kerry Hospice opened in September 2017. It has 15 single rooms, all ensuite, which lead onto a landscaped garden. This gorgeous new unit is supported by a full multidisciplinary team including physio, occupational therapists and complementary therapists. Take a minute and have a look at this incredible achievement.

Hospice care: The best man for the job is a dog

It’s not every day that I fall head over heels in love with the subject of an article, but then again Rian, the therapy dog on the palliative care ward at Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services in Harold’s Cross, Dublin, is no ordinary interviewee.

The Irish Times visited Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services in Harold’s Cross for their story on Rian, the therapy dog on the palliative care ward.

Find out more about what this amazing dog gets up to on his daily rounds:

https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/hospice-care-the-best-man-for-the-job-is-a-dog-1.2793913

 

 

Awards for Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice

We’re delighted the campaign has won several awards over the last year.

As a long-term supporter of local hospice, Bewley’s and local hospices, transformed “Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice”, resulting in its most successful year ever.

There was a full campaign rebrand, recruitment of high profile and committed ambassadors, and a renewed media relations and influencer outreach campaign — all of which yielded major improvements in overall awareness, extensive media coverage, strong public participation and, most importantly, an increase in funds raised. Years of continuous decline in donations were reversed to see a 22% increase in Coffee Morning registrations and a 26% increase in donations.

Watch Maureen’s Video Urging Your Support for Hospice

A short message from our beautiful friend, Maureen Allman, who passed away on 15th March of this year. Maureen was an advocate of Galway Hospice who worked tirelessly to help raise awareness of and funds for the Foundation. She touched every person she met with her wicked sense of humour and infectious laugh. Thank you Maureen Allman, our lovely friend.

#Coffee4Hospice

 

 

 

16 million cups of coffee and counting…

The Bewley’s family were Quakers and Bewley’s is built on the Quaker values of community, equality, honesty, fairness and integrity of character. Some 175 years on from our founding in 1840, this philosophy remains one of our guiding principles. Our sense of responsibility extends further than coffee farms and tea gardens. We believe in being ethical and responsible in everything we do and we get involved because we believe we can make a difference to the lives of others less fortunate than ourselves.

This belief has stayed with us right the way through our journey. From the 1940s when Bewley’s helped to feed hundreds of hungry children on the streets of Dublin to supporting today’s Fairtrade farming initiatives across the globe, Bewley’s has always believed in ‘good’ business.

Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice is synonymous with Bewley’s and Bewley’s is synonymous with Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice; the two go hand in hand. It’s a cause and campaign that Bewley’s has been privileged to lend its support as sole sponsor to for the past 24 years. The community is at the heart of Bewley’s and caring for people in the local community is what hospice services are all about. Our connection to the hospice is a perfect fit with the ethos of our company.

This bond has gone from strength to strength over the last two decades and we’re proud to say that we’ve helped to raise over €32 million for hospice care nationwide, that’s 16 million cups of coffee.

The first coffee morning took place in 1993 and since then considerable progress has been made, progress that may not have been possible without the crucial funds raised through Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice. But hospice services remain in desperate need of funding and in some areas of the country there remains a lack of available services.

On Thursday 15th September 2016, we are once again asking people to come together and show your community spirit by hosting a coffee morning for your local hospice service. And if you can’t host one, then be sure to join one and share a cup of coffee for the cause because all monies raised locally, stay locally.

Every cup counts!

Wicklow Hospice Foundation fundraising

My wife Nora passed away from cancer on the 13th December 2015.

Thankfully for Nora, sadly not for the people she left behind, her suffering wasn’t too long, it was just over 6 weeks from diagnosis to her leaving us. In that time Nora should have been able to avail of Hospice Care, but there was no Hospice in Co Wicklow.

Nora lived in Aughrim Co Wicklow and her closest Hospice was Blackrock, which was not able to accommodate her at the time as the patients from the catchment area get first preference.

Nora spent her final days in St Vincents Public Hospital where she did receive the best of care but for Nora, her husband, two girls, Mum and close family it was not the care that Nora or any other cancer sufferer should have as Public Hospitals are able to give the end of life care that Hospice can offer.

The Wicklow Hospice Foundation is fundraising to build a 15 bed Hospice with a palliative care team attached for the people of Co Wicklow and North Wexford.

Please support Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning which raises much needed funds for Hospice Care all over Ireland.

For more information on how you can get involved please contact Evanne, Chairperson of Fundraising on 0862485805 evanne@wicklowhospice.ie or Sinead, Administrator on 040291310 sinead@wicklowhospice.ie.