Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice, together with Bewleys, happens on Thursday September 19, and the event was officially launched by this year’s ambassador Maia Dunphy at Our Lady’s Hospice in Harold’s Cross recently.
Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation is appealing to people to host a Coffee Morning in their homes, schools and workplaces. CEO of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Martina Jennings said: "Our coffee morning hosts range from families who have availed of the service and experienced the work of our wonderful palliative care teams first hand, right through to neighbours and work colleagues of the patient and the family, who have heard of what we do.
"The coffee morning is a really enjoyable social event for those who wish to host one and indeed for all those who attend. So we are really hopeful that this will be our largest coffee morning ever.
"This year has been a historic one for Mayo Roscommon Hospice with our hospice building in Mayo completed and due to open later this year. Planning permission has been granted for Roscommon and we plan to commence the build in January 2020. The Mayo unit will be available to patients from the Roscommon area until the unit there is up and running. Both Hospices are being built at a cost of €15m, which is coming entirely from fundraised income.
"We are just so grateful to the people of our two counties who tirelessly support our Foundation year after year. Without the help of the public and their generosity in raising much needed funds, we would not be able to have undertaken the financial cost to build these much-needed facilities in Mayo and Roscommon.
"Thanks to the generosity of Bewleys, every single euro raised by people who host a local coffee morning, goes directly to Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation.
"Additionally, Mayo Roscommon Hospice also fund the palliative home care service across the two counties. This costs the Foundation over €2 million annually and as the demand for this much-needed free service increases, so too does the running costs for the foundation"
"Last year coffee hosts raised an incredible total of €107,014.47 at venues right across the two counties. Their efforts played a vital part in the success of the event
"This year, one week prior to Coffee Morning, on September 12, we are holding a Host the Host event at the new Mayo Hospice Unit in Castlebar between 9am and 1pm. There will be special guests including former Rose of Tralee and current MEP Maria Walsh, 2019 Mayo Rose Nicole Loughlin, music with Frank McCaffrey, a baking competition, Midwest Radio will be broadcasting live and lots of fun. All are welcome to attend."
If you wish to register to host a Coffee Morning call (094 ) 9388666, email [email protected] or log onto www.hospice.ie Once you register you will receive your free Bewley’s Coffee pack, which contains all you need to be a host for Coffee Morning.