- On Thursday September 19th Intel Ireland played host to the biggest single coffee morning as part of a nationwide initiative in aid of Hospice and sponsored by Bewley’s
- As part of the event more than 4,000 cups of coffee were enjoyed by employees across the campus and over €8,000 was raised for Irish Hospices
- To coincide with the attempt to become Ireland’s biggest coffee morning the Intel campus in Leixlip became home to the ‘Breakfast with Hector’ show on RTÉ 2FM
LEIXLIP, Co. Kildare, Sept 19, 2013 – Intel Ireland today played host to the biggest single coffee morning as part of a nationwide initiative in aid of Hospice and sponsored by Bewley’s.
‘Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning’, which is now in it’s 21st year, encourages people across the country to enjoy a cup of coffee with friends or colleagues and raise much needed funds for local hospice services.
Today at Intel more than 4,000 cups of coffee were enjoyed by employees across the campus with Hospice donations being made for each cup. Along with the donations made for coffee, employees participated in cake sales and raffles to help support the Hospice services. Throughout the day there was a phenomenal response towards the campaign with a total of over €8,000 being raised.
To coincide with the attempt to become Ireland’s biggest coffee morning the Intel campus in Leixlip became home to the ‘Breakfast with Hector’ show on RTÉ 2FM. The show was broadcast from 7am – 9am in Intel’s IR2 canteen and gave morning listeners a taste of life at Ireland’s very own Silicon valley.
The coffee morning event at Intel was also joined by Bewley’s representative Patrick Bewley who spoke of Bewley’s commitment to the coffee morning for more than 20 years, he commented “the work done by the Hospice is phenomenal and we couldn’t get a better fit for our sponsorship”. Patrick also confirmed that with more than 4,000 cups of coffee being serves across the campus that Intel was in fact the biggest coffee morning in the country.
Intel is supporting a number of Irish Hospices as part of its 2013 Signature Charity program which gives employees the opportunity to dedicate their efforts towards providing volunteer time and funds, raised through specially organised activities, to specially chosen organisations.
Intel Ireland Communication’s Manager Sarah Sexton was delighted with the success of the event “we’re thrilled to see so many employees getting involved in the coffee morning and giving so generously in support of the fantastic work done by the Hospices. There has been a wonderful spirit throughout the event and Intel is proud to have been a part of this national campaign”.
Further images from the event can be found here: Ireland’s Largest Coffee morning at Intel – a set on Flickr
To listen back to the ‘Breakfast with Hector’ show at Intel click here: Breakfast with Hector Thursday 19 September 2013 – Breakfast With Hector – RTÉ 2fm
Comedian PJ Gallagher, 2FM DJ Hector O’hEochagain and Eamonn Sinnott General Manager, Intel Ireland, are pictured as Intel hosted Ireland’s biggest coffee morning in aid of Irish Hospices
Bewley’s and Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning initiative
Bewley’s, Ireland leading coffee company, is the long standing supporter of Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning, providing complimentary Bewley’s fresh ground coffee packs to all coffee morning hosts. Over the past two decades, people have consumed 15 million cups of Bewley’s coffee and raised an estimated €30 million for hospice care.
The first coffee morning took place in 1993 when there were three hospices in Ireland and today there are a total of nine hospice inpatient units in the country. There are hospice home care teams countrywide and palliative care services have been set up in acute hospitals. But there is a recognised need for hundreds more hospice beds and associated staff. Hospice services are facing ever increasing demands on their services. Going by current population figures, there should be 450 hospice beds in the country. Today, there are 155 hospice beds available with another 44 beds ready but not yet operational.
About Hospices in Ireland
Hospice or palliative care involves the total care of patients and their families at the stage in a serious illness, where the focus has switched from treatment aimed at cure to ensuring quality of life. In 2012, some 8,066 new patients benefited from specialist palliative care through homecare teams, with on average 2,978 people cared for by homecare teams each month. In the same year, 4,274 people availed of specialist inpatient care including 2,203 new patients in 2012. It is estimated that up to 13,000 patients will require access to hospice and specialist palliative care in 2016.
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