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Today, representatives of Hospice and specialist palliative homecare services throughout the country gathered at Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Harold’s Cross to launch Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice Together with Bewley’s. The group are calling on the people of Ireland to host a coffee morning on Thursday, September 19 to help raise vital funds for their local hospice.

Celebrating twenty-seven years of coffee mornings, it is hoped 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.

Author and broadcaster, Maia Dunphy, officially launched this year’s campaign which is asking people across the country to support this important campaign by hosting or attending a coffee morning. Those who can’t attend a coffee morning can simply text COFFEE to 50300 and donate €4* to support local hospice and homecare services and help to give patients the best quality of life during their illness.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Pat Quinlan, Chair of the Voluntary Hospice Group said, “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 to 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.’’

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Jason Doyle, Managing Director at Bewley’s said, “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, September 19, 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, September 19 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.

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Boots Ireland have today launched their Night Walks for Night Nurses campaign, encouraging people to join fundraising Night Walks in either Phoenix Park, Dublin (16 August) or  Blackrock Castle (Carpark), Cork (23 August).

Tickets to join the 5km walk cost €15 for an adult, and under 16s go free. Walks start at 7.30pm in Dublin and 7.00 pm in Cork. Each adult ticket comes with a free t-shirt.

Alongside the walks, Honour Tags are on sale in Boots stores nationwide for €2. Customers can purchase a tag in honour of someone who has survived or passed away from cancer. One metre will be walked in honour of that person and the tags are brought to respective walks. The front of the tag allows for the name of the individual with space on the back for a personal message.

Funds raised will go towards the Irish Cancer Society Night Nursing service, which provides end of life care for cancer patients in their own home, allowing them to pass away at home surrounded by family and loved ones as well as giving much needed respite for the family caring for them.

The Night Nurse service has run for over 30 years and operates in every county in Ireland. The service has made a huge contribution to cancer support, providing over 7,400 nights of care in 2018 alone, to 1,861 patients. There are 180 Night Nurses in operation around Ireland, providing up to 10 nights of care for cancer patients in their own home, during the last days of their life. The service is provided completely free of charge.

Ambassador Teresa Mannion said: “Having faced cancer myself, I saw the impact it has not only on those with a diagnosis, but on their loved ones also. Patients, and those supporting them, are exhausted both physically and mentally and the Irish Cancer Society’s Night Nurses play such a critical caring role. Night Nurses allow everyone to sleep, assured that they are in the best hands, and it’s wonderful to see Boots step up and host fundraisers such as these.”

 Boots MD Bernadette Lavery said: “We were thrilled to see over 600 people attend the walks last year, raising more than €50,000 for this great service. Since partnering with the Irish Cancer Society back in 2012 we have raised over €1.4 million or over 4,000 nights for this much-needed service, and we are incredibly proud of Boots’ ongoing commitment to supporting those living with cancer. We’ve set ourselves a target to raise more than ever before this year, so would love to see more participants at our walks, which are truly inspirational and uplifting events.”

Speaking at the launch of the Night Walks campaign, Averil Power, Chief Executive, Irish Cancer Society, said: “The Night Nursing service allows cancer patients to remain in their own home during their last days. The Night Nurses are there through the night, keeping the patient comfortable, while also supporting family members during a very difficult time. As the service is almost entirely donation-funded, we rely on the support of Boots staff and customers to ensure we can be there for more families in need of this crucial care.”

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Hospice Sunflower Days have officially launched their 2019 campaign at St. Francis Hospice, Blanchardstown with Ambassador and Broadcaster, Mary Kennedy. Hospice Sunflower Days will take place on Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 2019 and this year marks the 29th year of the campaign.

Hospice Sunflower Days aims to raise much needed funds for hospices and specialist palliative home care services across the country enabling them to continue to provide person centred, holistic and loving care to patients and their loved ones free of charge. Funds raised through the campaign will be used to directly support hospices and specialist home care services allowing them to purchase new equipment, support frontline posts, upgrade current facilities and continue to provide their vital service.

You can show your support for this worthy cause by volunteering to help out over the two days fundraising or by donating and buying some sunflower merchandise; and remember every euro raised locally, stays locally!

To coincide with the 2019 campaign launch, 27 volunteers from throughout the country were honoured with the title of ‘Hospice Hero’ at the special ceremony in St. Francis Hospice. The volunteers were nominated by their local hospice or specialist palliative homecare service for their dedication and support and Mary Kennedy was on hand to present the ‘Hospice Heroes’ with their plaques.

Speaking at the launch of this year’s campaign and the official ‘Hospice Hero’ ceremony, Mary Kennedy, said, “I am delighted to get involved once again with Hospice Sunflower Days. This is a very worthy cause and with all funding raised locally staying in the local area it offers a great opportunity for people to support their local hospice or specialist palliative homecare service. You can help by buying sunflower merchandise on Hospice Sunflower Days, making a donation or you can help this year by volunteering your time to fundraise over the two days.”

Pat Quinlan, Chair of the Voluntary Hospices Group, commented, “Hospice Sunflowers Days is one of our main fundraising initiatives during the year, so we need your help and support to raise much needed funds for our hospices and specialist palliative community services throughout the country this June. Hospice care is about helping people of all ages to live well with a life-limiting illness and offering them support & care as well as providing support and assistance to their relatives and loved ones. The provision of these services relies heavily on the generosity of our supporters and volunteers across the country and we, as service providers are very appreciative of this support.”

If you would like to volunteer or donate, please contact your local hospice or specialist palliative home care service today, log onto www.sunflowerdays.ie or show your support by purchasing some sunflower merchandise on Hospice Sunflower Days this June.

Alternatively, you can make a donation by texting ‘SUN’ to 50300 to donate €4 to support local hospice groups across Ireland. Texts cost €4. Hospice Sunflower Days will receive a minimum of €3.60. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 680 5278.

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Pieta and Electric Ireland recently unveiled the ‘Wall of Hope’ – a public work of art created to officially launch Darkness into Light 2019 – the major charity fundraiser that is expected to attract over 250,000 participants this May 11, 2019.

In 2018, Darkness into Light was hosted in over 200 venues across 19 countries and 5 continents. This year, Pieta and Electric Ireland have increased capacity, with additional volunteers and over a quarter of a million people are expected to walk, from darkness into light, on May 11 at 4:15 am. Registration for the walk is now open at www.darknessintolight.ie.

About the Wall of Hope

Located on Dublin’s Camden Row, The Wall of Hope is a larger-than-life mural, created by Subset, a group of artists responsible for some of Ireland’s most provocative street art. The work signifies the Hope that Darkness Into Light spreads across the globe every year. Using #DIL2019 and #ThePowerOfHope, Pieta are encouraging people to share their messages of Hope in the lead up to the walk on Saturday 11 May and beyond.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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About Darkness Into Light

Darkness into Light is organised by Pieta and proudly supported by Electric Ireland since 2013. It is a global movement dedicated to ending suicide and supporting those who engage in self-harm. By walking from Darkness Into Light, participants play an important role in removing the stigma around suicide and self-harm as well as raising vital funds to fight suicide.

The unique event is symbolic of the journey from despair to hope. It begins, in darkness, at 4.15am and continues for 5 kilometers through to dawn. Funds raised from Darkness Into Light help keep Pieta’s counselling services free of charge and freely accessible to those in suicidal crisis, people who engage in self-harm, and to those bereaved by suicide; last year, participants  raised a massive €6 million through the event.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Pieta has supported over 40,000 people with face to face therapy. Since opening its doors 13 years ago, Pieta has heard painful truths from thousands of people who have come to the organisation at the point of suicidal crisis or actively engaging in self-harm. In 2017, one person a day died by suicide in Ireland and worldwide close to 800,000 people die by suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds.

Darkness Into Light is vital for fundraising, for raising awareness and for bringing people together in a spirit of solidarity, comfort and hope. To find your nearest venue and for registration, visit  www.darknessintolight.ie

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Christmas FM is the radio station spreading that festive cheer throughout December, but the station has just announced the unbelievable results of their fundraising efforts for 2018.

An unbelievable €404,551 was raised for their chosen charity of 2018, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital.

This will have massive repercussions for the hospital, the funds will go towards purchasing new state-of-the-art lifesaving equipment such as incubators and ventilators.

These machines allow the gift of life to be given to over 1,000 critically ill babies and children in Temple Street.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Since its inception in 2008, the total amount of money raised for Christmas FM's choice of assorted charities has hit almost €2 million.

Garvan Rigby, co-founder of Christmas FM commented on the news: “We are delighted to have raised over €400,000 with the success of this year’s fundraising campaign," he said.

"We would like to thank all of our loyal listeners who tuned in and donated so generously to this year’s chosen charity, Temple Street Children’s Hospital and the BAI for granting us the license," he added.

"Of course, the station is so grateful to have so many people who aid in making it all happen by helping with the day to day running of the station".

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Chief Executive of the Temple Street Foundation, Denise Fitzgerald, also expressed her delight;

 “We are completely overwhelmed by the amount of love and support shown to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital over the course of the Christmas FM campaign."

"The goodwill and generosity of individuals, families, companies and communities up and down the country is hugely uplifting and will bring real and lasting difference to sick children in our critical care wards."

She made sure to thank the team at Christmas FM for choosing them as their charity campaign this year, as well as everyone who donated over the festive season.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The station raised over €400,000 in just 30 days, which displays the power which radio holds to unite the country for a great cause.

Christmas FM is funded through sponsorship and more than 100 volunteers run the campaign on-air, devoting hundreds of hours of their time. 

Charity partners such as Sightsavers, ISPCC, Barnardos, Simon, Age Action, Aware, Make-A-Wish Ireland and Focus Ireland have been the former choice of the station.

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In the spirit of giving for the festive season, Kilkenny has teamed up with the Simon Community to run a Christmas gift wrapping service across their stores nationwide from December 1 until Christmas Eve.

The home of Irish craft and design will be accepting donations for the complimentary wrapping service and will match every cent raised before being donated to the Simon Community. The much-needed funds raised in each Kilkenny store will be donated to the nearest Simon Community to help those in need locally.

Speaking about the partnership, Marian O’Gorman, CEO of Kilkenny Group said, “We are delighted to be working with the Simon Community this year for our Christmas appeal. Homelessness is a major problem in Ireland at the moment and the Simon Community need as much support as possible during the festive season. The work that they do is invaluable and so worthwhile which is why we have chosen them as our partner this festive season.”

The Simon Community support over 11,000 men, women and children across Ireland. With almost 50 years of experience providing homeless, housing and treatment services to people facing the trauma and stress of homelessness, Simon’s door is always open for as long as they are needed.

The money raised from Kilkenny’s gift wrapping will go towards supporting services such as homelessness prevention, housing support, street outreach, homeless specific health and wellbeing services, personal development, food banks and drop-in centres.

Brian Ingarfield, Head of Fundraising and Communications for The Simon Community said, "We are extremely grateful to be chosen as Kilkenny’s charity this Christmas. Their generosity will have an important impact on the people who are relying on us each day. This fantastic initiative will support our vital homeless services around the country."

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Shauntelle Tynan from Co. Carlow was diagnosed with multi-system Langheran cell histiocytosis, a rare cancer, in 2015.

The then 18-year-old's only hope was experimental treatment at a children's hospital in Texas, which would cost €500,000. 

In a bid to raise the much-needed funds, Shauntelle made a heart-wrenching video, which subsequently went viral. 

Incredibly, €750K was raised for the young woman's treatment.

Now, two years later, Shauntelle has been declared cancer free, and is technically NAD (No Active Disease).

"We are so lost for words right now but wanted you all to know that my journey of active cancer has come to a close and we hope it remains that way!" Shan wrote on Facebook.

"The future obstacles I will face will be worth everything I've been through. Now I truly have a chance at life and will keep you all updated to how I grow in the future. Next stop is ringing that bell I've watched so many kids ring when they got to cancer free, something we never thought I'd do!

"I'm sure you're all going to hear it from Ireland, I'll keep you all updated over the next few weeks with everything going on, but for now, I will finish this post here and also include a short video below of this long journey."

Shan will have to travel back to Texas every 3-6 months initially, and then yearly for the rest of her life. She will also remain on oral chemo as maintenace for the next 12-18 months, with care secured for her here in Ireland.

The young woman will arrive back in Ireland on October 18th. 

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With a referendum date set for Friday, May 25, canvassing for both sides of the vote is in full swing. 

As signs and banners begin to pop up all over the country, Together for Yes, the national campaign to remove the Eight Amendment from the Irish constitution, begain running a fundraising campaign for poster production. 

However, after smashing their 50,000 goals in mere hours, the campaign have continued to raise funds for the cause. 

 

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The goal has been re-set numerous times, to 100,000, 250,000 and 350,000. 

Now, a final figure of 500,000 euro has been set as the goal for the campaigners, who have been blown away at the support for the campaign.

The current amount of funds raised currently sits at €412,000 at the time this this article was published. 

'We are raising €500,000 to continue to put posters across the country, and to fund additional advertising and promotional materials in other key outlets for a positive outcome on the 25th May, reads the description. 

'If we raise more than is needed for posters your donations will go towards other ways to fight for a 'Yes' vote.'

Taking to Instagram, the campaigners also wrote: 'A little before 8am this morning, we reached €400,000 in donations, from over 10,790 people.

'We are so amazed and proud that this is still going!! Please keep the donations coming so we can reach our final goal for this crowdfund of €500,000 to spread our caring and compassionate Yes message.'

If you wish to donate to the Together for Yes campaign, you can do so here

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Tom Hardy has started a fundraising page to raise money for victims of Monday night's terror attack in Manchester.

The actor described the events as an “inconceivable atrocity” and has now set up a Just Giving page in order to gather donations for the British Red Cross Society's 'We Love Manchester Emergency Fund'. 

On the page he writes: “There is no bringing back those who have been lost, pointlessly, in such a cowardly and brutal fashion.''

“I am truly saddened by what I have witnessed and there is no doubt that terrorism is an evil thing.''

“There will be much to do and for many the beginning of a new life without those that they love and also a new life damaged irrevocably by the actions of a crime which has no reason, no heartfelt purpose but was simply a cruel cowardly and barbaric, meaningless act of violence.''

“And it is with those, the innocent victims and the witnesses of this atrocity that my heartfelt concern and deepest sympathy lies.”

The star set out to raise £15,000, but that total has since been surpassed with £17,147 raised so far. 

Meanwhile, organisations, individuals and community groups have donated over £2 million in just 24 hours to the Manchester Evening News' fundraising campaign. 

 

 

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While we all know the occasional Grinch, by and large Christmas tends to bring out the best in people.

This observation is as applicable to celebrities as it is lay people, as The Killers have just released a new holiday album to help raise funds for Bono’s charity (RED), an organisation which aims to eradicate AIDS in Africa.

According to Rolling Stone, Don’t Waste Your Wishes features songs which the band previously released in support of (RED) as well as a newly recorded cover of Bing Crosby’s I’ll be Home for Christmas.

The album – which is exclusively available on iTunes and Apple Music – features Elton John, Jimmy Kimmel and a former teacher of band frontman Brandon Flowers who taught the musician the meaning of Crosby’s famed Christmas track.

A limited edition Don’t Waste Your Wishes CD will also be sold online from December 9.

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In May this year, Geordie Shore fans were devastated to learn that Charlotte Crosby had suffered an ectopic pregnancy while carrying Gary Beadle’s baby.

Having spoken candidly to Heat about her traumatic ordeal, the much loved reality star made the admirable decision to donate her interview fee to The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust and the St John and Elizabeth Hospice.

Last night, the 26-year-old television personality announced her intention to extend her support to The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust by revealing that in the run-up to Christmas she will be selling Christmas jumpers in an effort to raise funds for the charity.

According to a post on Charlotte’s Twitter account, £1 from the sale of each jumper will be donated to The EPT.

Currently, two types of jumper are available through InTheStyle.com – a ‘Santa’s My Boyfriend’ piece and a ‘Sleigh My Name’ style.  Both jumpers cost £19.99 (or €26.26) and are available in red or black.

The former Celebrity Big Brother winner has been praised online for her charitable intentions.

 

Dressed head to toe in @tigermist! They're running free express shipping to the UK for 24 hours only! Starts now!

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“Couldn’t be prouder what a wonderful inspiring woman (sic),” tweeted one fan.

“What she’s decided is amazing.  I will definitely be buying a jumper from her range knowing something is being donated to the @TheEPT,” said another.

 

What a bloody lovely night

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A Lurgan teen who bravely shared her cancer story through Facebook is being remembered today through an online fundraiser which was created by her mother in her honour.

Rebecca Haughey passed away on Thursday September 8 at Belfast City Hospital after a lengthily battle with cancer and less than two months after she publicly declared her determination to battle the disease in a heart-wrenching social media post.

Upon learning in late July that her cancer was fatal, Rebecca took to Facebook to share a powerful open letter in which she described the initial shock of hearing that her cancer was no longer responding to treatment and her renewed determination to use a combination of mainstream and holistic treatments to battle the disease.

In a post marked “feeling determined” the popular teen wrote: “My consultant told me that my white blood cell count was back up and it looked like the cancer was working too fast for my treatment to catch up with it.  She doubted there was much she could do for me.”

“Understandably, I was in a state of shock.  I was basically just told that I was going to die.  All I could say was, ‘No.  This can't be happening.  No.  There has to be something you could do.  No.  No.  No.’”

Choosing to use the devastating news as a motivator, the Armagh student continued: “That news gave me the kick up the back side I needed to make me more determined than ever to succeed.  To beat this ruddy cancer that had taken over my life.”

 

Mum brought home a Scottish souvenir for me #cute #Scotland #ragdoll #gretnagreen

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“I told the doctor to put me back onto the steroids and other meds to keep my white cell counts under control. I decided to become more strict with my new alkaline diet…[and] that afternoon my mum…got me hemp oil.”

“It's going to be a long, difficult journey ahead but through Hell or high water, I'm going to get through it all and prove to my consultant that this will not beat me.”

Through a Just Giving page set up in Rebecca’s memory, her mother Colette Haughey has encouraged people to support a number of charities which helped her family throughout Rebecca’s illness and reminded people how her daughter would want to be remembered for who she was, rather than as a victim of cancer.

On the page – which has already raised over £1,500 – Ms Haughey described her daughter’s “strength, determination and relentless hope and positivity” as “infectious” before acknowledging the importance of Friends of the Cancer Centre, Cancer Fund for Children, The Boom Foundation and CLIC Sargent.

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