Maia Dunphy launches Ireland's Biggest Coffee Morning and explains why we should all get involved 3 years ago

Maia Dunphy launches Ireland's Biggest Coffee Morning and explains why we should all get involved

Mark Septemeber 19th off in your calendars straight away.

Celebrating twenty-seven years of coffee mornings, Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice Together with Bewley’s was launched yesterday morning at Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Harold’s Cross. And this year, organisers are hoping that this year’s events, held in homes and businesses across the country, will raise a much needed €2 million for Hospices across Ireland, to meet growing demands for the service.

To help launch the important event, author and broadcaster, Maia Dunphy was at Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services in Harold’s Cross, alongside representatives of Hospice and specialist palliative homecare services throughout the country. And speaking to Herfamily.ie, Dunphy explains why they are calling on the people of Ireland to host a coffee morning on Thursday 19th September to help raise vital funds for their local hospice.

Explaining why she chose to get involved with Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning a couple of years ago, Dunphy explains:

"My grandmother Conchita passed away at the Blackrock Hospice 11 years ago, and it was only then that I saw first-hand the incredible work they do. End of life care is so difficult, but to see it handled with such dignity and the height level of family support is something truly inspiring. The peace of mind they give families and patients is priceless. 

Calling on people to take part and get involved this year, Maia has a powerful message:

"Over 37 million euro has been raised over the last 27 years - a phenomenal amount of money (admittedly spread over a long time!), but there's always more to be done. Demand for palliative care is increasing all the time, and the hospice provides facilities above and beyond what you might expect, to offer families and patients a very high level of care. The hospice doesn't look, smell or feel like a hospital. The beautiful gardens, cafes, quiet spaces, impressive facilities and the extraordinary staff are what set them apart and help families through what are the most traumatic times. All of this costs money though, and they couldn't continue to provide the level of care and support they do without the funds raised by the coffee morning. We're hoping to raise 2 million euro this year, and I think we can do it!"

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Pat Quinlan, Chair of the Voluntary Hospice Group explaons:

“The demands on specialist hospice in-patient and community services around Ireland are growing each year and as always we, as providers, want to be able to deliver high quality and responsive services. The money raised through Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice Together with Bewley’s is crucial in ensuring that we continue meet each individual patient’s needs and to support their families and loved ones at a most difficult time in their lives. The success of the campaign over the last 27 years is thanks to the incredible generosity of our many supporters, including our dedicated coffee morning hosts, guests, Ambassadors and our long-time sponsor Bewley’s. Indeed, we could not do what we do without this ongoing financial support.’’

 Speaking of their long-running partnership, Jason Doyle, Managing Director at Bewley’s was also on hand, and explained:

“It’s been a privilege for Bewley’s to lend its support as sole sponsor for Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice for the past 27 years. Community and people are at the heart of Bewley’s and caring for people in the local community is what hospice services are all about. Our connection to hospice is a perfect fit with the ethos of our company and we are delighted to be involved once again with this important fundraising event for Hospice.’’

To register to host a coffee morning on Thursday 19th September, or on a date that suits you, go to  www.hospicecoffeemorning.ie or call 1890 998 995. Hosts are provided with a Coffee Morning Pack containing Bewley’s coffee, posters and invitations free of charge. Remember, every cup counts!

The public can support Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice Together with Bewley’s on Thursday 19th September 2019 by:

  • Hosting a Coffee Morning
  • Attending a Coffee Morning
  • Texting COFFEE to 50300 to donate €4*

*Text costs €4. Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice Together with Bewley’s will receive a minimum of €3.60. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 6805278.