An urgent campaign has been launched to raise funds for Donegal Hospice, which is facing a major loss in funds this year due to Covid-19.
With most key fundraising events cancelled in 2020, the palliative care provider is set to incur unprecedented challenges.
In response, Donegal Hospice has been added to a campaign for 26 independent specialist hospice and palliative care providers working at the heart of local communities all across Ireland. The hospice is set to benefit from the Together for Hospice, The National Hospice Movement as it encourages people to donate what they can to support their local hospice.
During Covid-19, staff at Donegal Hospice are continuing to provide hospice care and specialist palliative care, supporting people of all ages to live well with an illness that is life limiting and enabling them to achieve the best quality of life possible, whilst also supporting their families and loved ones.
During these unprecedented and difficult times, with such uncertainty surrounding fundraising events and campaigns, hospices nationwide need support now more than ever.
On-street Hospice Sunflower Day collections, which were planned for July, have been cancelled this year. Fundraisers are set to take new measures to ensure that this vital event will proceed, but it will take on a new form in line with recent government guidelines.
The second national fundraiser – Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice Together with Bewley’s – is planned for September 2020.
Through these fundraising initiatives over €55million has been raised for hospice and palliative care services throughout the country and going forward all funds raised locally by the new national movement will continue to stay locally.
By supporting Together for Hospice, the National Hospice Movement, supporters and sponsors will be directly supporting frontline hospice care across Ireland.
Audrey Houlihan, Chairperson of Together for Hospice, The National Hospice Movement, and CEO at Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, commented, “We are delighted to unveil our new national group identity, Together for Hospice, with our shared mission and vision being to provide the highest quality, person-centred palliative care services for all those who need it across Ireland.
“Hospice providers have come together in partnership, strength and unity so we can deliver the best care for our patients. Fundraising, particularly now during these unprecedented and challenging times, plays a vital role in the delivery of these services so by launching our new fundraising body our aim is to increase awareness and build even further support for our local hospices.”