Martina Jennings CEO Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation
2020 began for Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation with the turning of the Sod for our Roscommon Hospice. There was a charged atmosphere that day of pure emotion and pride as our support groups, fundraisers, volunteers, previous and present board members saw the beginning of their dream come true to have their Hospice in Roscommon. We had promised the people of Roscommon that we would begin work on this hospice as soon as we completed our Mayo Hospice.
The contract was awarded and work began shortly afterwards. Little did we know that day that within a few short weeks our shops would be closed, all events cancelled and the world was facing a crisis due to Covid 19.
Despite the pandemic our Palliative Care Teams continued to provide this vital service, and showed such resilience throughout the year, always ensuring patients and their families received dignity and respect. We looked after 924 patients in both counties, 673 of these patients were new referrals. Of these new referrals there was 389 cancer patients, and 284 non cancer. 630 patients passed away in our care, and the teams carried out 4474 home visits.
We continued to fund the service despite facing a real fundraising crisis, and we continued with the build of the Roscommon Hospice. This would not have been possible without the incredible support of so many people throughout both counties and beyond. Everyone really adapted to the new world of virtual fundraising and online donations. We were overwhelmed and truly grateful to all of you.
2021 will see the completion of the Roscommon Hospice, and we are working closely with the HSE, Department of Health and Roscommon University Hospital to ensure it is opened as soon as possible.
We will continue to fund this vital service in the community, and in both our Hospices with your help, and we thank you all for placing your faith and trust in us.