Mayo Roscommon Hospice CEO
Martina Jennings, CEO Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation
It has been a very busy year so far for both our Palliative Homecare Teams in Mayo and Roscommon, with new referrals exceptionally high. From January to July, our Homecare Teams have received 452 new patient referrals. The nurses have conducted 3,854 home visits, and 317 patients have passed away in the care of the service. All of these patients and their families receive compassion, care and dignity from the palliative teams, and we are indebted to them for the service they give all in their care.
Our coffee morning this year has been a great success with hosts participating from across both counties. National Coffee morning for Hospice is one of our most important fundraisers, and is a lovely way for family, friends and work colleagues to get together, while raising funds for local palliative care services in our community. The ongoing support for this campaign over the last 30 years is a testament to the generosity of our coffee morning hosts, donors, ambassadors, and our long-time sponsor Bewley’s. All funds raised locally stay locally and will go towards our two hospices in Mayo and Roscommon and our homecare palliative care services.
Speaking of Roscommon Hospice, it is nearly ready to open to patients. Our partners in Roscommon University Hospital have been really busy with recruitment over the last few months. Now that most of the positions are nearly filled, we are working with HSE Estates to finalise the legal documents and will be then ready to welcome our first patients and their families.
In June, we took part in the Together for Hospice, The National Hospice Movement, Sunflower Days. We were delighted to have our volunteers back again collecting across the two counties in shops, post offices and on the streets, after a two year absence. We held an outside broadcast at our Castlebar shop with Midwest Radio and we heard from some amazing people involved with the hospice, Board Director Joanne Grehan, patient John Joyce, Palliative Care Nurse Aine Kelly and social worker Loretta Sheridan.
It was a real success this year, and we are so grateful to all our support groups, volunteers and all of you who donated so generously. Days like these do not happen on their own. We’re delighted to say €75,678.36 was raised across the two days and every cent raised locally stays local. The support received on the street and online was incredible and that’s down to our fantastic communities.
August saw our first Monthly Draw winners. Times are difficult with cost of living pressures but the response has been phenomenal so thank you to everyone who has supported the draw to date.
Keep an eye on our website and social media for up to date news and events and how to sign up to our monthly draw and we’ll be back with a further update before the year is out.
Thank you so much to you for your generous support, as always.