Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation has warmly welcomed the announcement today by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring of funding of €200,000 from the COVID-19 Stability Fund.

The fund was created to provide immediate, short term cash flow to qualifying organisations which provide critical services to the most vulnerable in society. The funding has been prioritised for those organisations which are most in need and have seen their trading and/or fundraising income drop significantly during the crisis.

CEO of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation Martina Jennings said ‘the past four months have been some of the most difficult times endured by the Foundation. We had to take a very difficult decision to close our 12 shops in March, to protect our staff, volunteers and customers. That decimated our income and coupled with the fact that fundraising events have been cancelled during that time also, meant it was a very difficult time.’

Ms Jennings continued: ‘We remained fully committed to continuing to provide our palliative care services and building our Roscommon Hospice. Our services have continued uninterrupted and construction is ongoing on our Roscommon Hospice, which will be completed next year.’

She said: ‘Whatever happens today with the important votes within the parties aiming to form a new Government and we wish them the best of luck – we are extremely grateful to Minister Michael Ring for his support, not just with this funding but over the past number of years, especially while he was Minister for Rural and Community Development. This funding will further ensure that the services of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation can continue without interruption and that is vitally important and we will be forever thankful to Minister Ring for that support.’

Martina Jennings concluded by saying: ‘We are also so thankful to everyone who has donated to us during this time and those who ran virtual fundraisers. Without that support, we would not be able to do what we do.’