Martina Jennings, CEO

CEO Message

As we finish a very difficult and challenging year for everyone, I would like to thank you all for your incredible support in 2020. On March 12th when we closed all our shops and all fundraising events were cancelled, we faced very uncertain times as to how we would fund Palliative Care Services and commence the build of our Roscommon Hospice. Thanks to the generosity of so many people, who organised virtual fundraisers, donated online, sent us both large and small donations, we have reached the end of 2020 with the Roscommon Hospice on target to be completed in July 2021, and having met our funding commitments to Palliative Care Services in both counties.

We cannot thank our support groups, fundraisers, donors and volunteers enough for your continued support. You’re so much appreciated, and it is because of you all that we have been able to provide our Palliative Care Service.

Thanks so much to our staff in both our shops and our head office in Knock. This year has challenged us in so many ways, but thanks to the dedication and hard work of all of our staff we have met these challenges, adapted to new ways of working, and kept staff, customers and volunteers safe at all times.

To our Palliative Care Teams who look after patients and families with compassion and kindness always, we are so grateful to you all, for facing the challenges Covid 19 posed with such resilience and bravery, while always bringing dignity and respect to all in your care.

This year saw the handover of the chair of our board from Joanne Hynes to Mike Smith. Mike is taking over at a very exciting time for the Foundation, as we move towards the completion of the Roscommon Hospice next July. Mike has the ethos of the Foundation at his core and I’ve no doubt that that will shine through in his term. I look forward to working closely with Mike over the next three years.

I want to thank Joanne Hynes for all her hard work as Chairperson. Joanne was a huge part of what has been achieved over the past number of years and I know she will still be a very active member of our Board. I am also extremely grateful for the support I receive from the whole Board of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation, which consists of 14 directors, who give their time voluntarily, and take their roles very seriously. Within the board there is an Audit & Governance committee, and a Build oversight committee. Every decision is made with openness, transparency and accountability, while always taking into account the needs of the patient and their families.

Finally, I would like to wish you all a safe, healthy and peaceful Christmas. Stay safe, follow the guidelines and 2021 will bring us all some brighter days.


You can help us build our hospice now by clicking on the Buy A Brick above