- On Sunday 11th August 2013 Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning initiative, in aid of Hospice and sponsored by Bewley’s, was launched in Dublin by Sybil Mulcahy of TV3
- Intel is supporting a number of Irish Hospices as part of its 2013 Signature Charity program and will participating in the Coffee Morning
- With more than 4,500 people working at its Leixlip campus, Intel is hoping to be the host of the biggest single coffee morning event nationwide on September 19th
On Sunday 11th August 2013 Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning initiative, in aid of Hospice and sponsored by Bewley’s, was launched in Dublin by Sybil Mulcahy of TV3. This is the 21st year of Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning, which takes place this year on Thursday, 19th September. The initiative encourages people to enjoy a cup of coffee with friends or colleagues and raise much needed funds for local hospice services.
On Thursday 19th September, Intel employees will join with others in workplaces, homes and local organisations across Ireland in holding a coffee morning and collecting €2 for each cup of Bewley’s fresh coffee consumed. All money raised locally stays locally and goes directly back to fund local Hospice care services.
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. With more than 4,500 people working at its Leixlip campus, Intel is hoping to be the host of the biggest single coffee morning event nationwide on September 19th.
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.
Mo Flynn, Chief Executive Officer of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services and Chair of the Voluntary Hospices Group, commented: “The Hospice services across Ireland hold a special place in the hearts of their local communities. As we all experience more and more funding cuts, the financial support we receive from individuals and community groups is being used to develop, but also to simply maintain our services. Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning is one of the few all island hospice fundraising events and it is a source of vital income for us. I would ask everyone to support us in any way they can – don’t forget, every cup helps! ”
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.
Take part in Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning
Anyone can host a coffee morning and Bewley’s provides the fresh ground coffee free of charge. Registration advice and details on how to get your special complimentary Bewley’s fresh ground coffee pack can be obtained by contacting your local hospice group or by calling the Irish Hospice Foundation on (01) 679 3188. People can register to host a coffee morning on www.Irelandsbiggestcoffeemorning.ie
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