The Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation is 23 years old this year.
Before the Foundation was established there were no specialist services for terminally ill patients in Mayo and Roscommon. People were often sent home from hospital and many suffered difficult and painful deaths. In 1992, thanks to the foresight and dedication of a small group of people, the Foundation was established as a voluntary organisation to help provide Hospice/Palliative Care Services in the two Counties.
The Foundation agreed to work in association with the Western Health Board (now HSE West) in an effort to meet the Service needs. The Service covers an area of 3,143 sq. miles with a population of 194,000 (Mayo approx. 130,000 and Roscommon 64,000). The Foundation, with the loyal support of the public continues to fund the service in association with HSE West. This year we have to raise €1.3 million through fundraising efforts and donations to fund approx 50% of the existing Service costs.