A Roscommon postman and local Councillor is taking to his bike to raise funds for Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation this month. Joe Murphy, who is a postman in the Strokestown/Curraghroe area is going to complete his postal run on his post-bike on August 28th.
Joe is specifically raising funds for the completion of the Roscommon Hospice, which is currently under construction in Roscommon town and is due to be completed next year.
His route generally covers around 80km, depending on deliveries on any given day, and on August 28th he will cover that on his bike.
Joe said: I decided to take on this challenge ‘Hop on for Hospice’ as I was looking for a unique way to raise funds for the new palliative care facility in Roscommon. I have taken part in many charity cycles before but currently there is a big demand on our time as post people due to COVID-19 so I decided to interlink my daily postal route and a charity fundraiser. In my role as a rural postman and as a local County Councillor, I’ve seen first-hand the devastating impacts of terminal illness. Many of our lives have been touched by illness and I want to do my small bit to ensure that patients and their families are given every support possible at the most difficult time.
CEO of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation, Martina Jennings said ‘We are so grateful to Joe for coming up with this unique fundraising idea for Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation. Postmen and women have been to the fore in helping the most vulnerable in our society down through the years, but especially during COVID-19. Joe is fundraising specifically for the Roscommon Hospice project, which we are delighted is on schedule to be completed next year. 100% of the money needed for the €6m construction will come from fundraised income and that would not be possible were it not for people like Joe. So we would urge people to support him if they can at all.’
Joe has set up a GoFundMe page for people to donate to and it can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/877td