First coffee morning for hospice ‘a huge success’

by Gazette Reporter
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THE organisers of the first coffee morning at St Francis Hospice in Blanchardstown are full of beans this week following the success of the fundraising event.

On Thursday, September 20, the Blanchardstown Guild of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA) hosted the coffee morning at the Dublin 15 hospice.

Ethel McKenna, chief executive of St Francis Hospice, said the first coffee morning has made a “significant impact in raising funds for our Blanchardstown hospice”.

“We truly appreciate the community support,” she said.

Bewley’s supplied the coffee for the day and scrumptious scones were baked by the ICA dynamos. There was also a raffle to help organisers raise even more funds and to give those taking part the opportunity to win prizes.

The event was also a chance for the hospice to launch their 2012 Christmas cards and gifts – an annual fundraising strategy for the hospice.

Ethel said: “I would like to thank all the ladies in the ICA and our volunteers, and those who consumed copious cups of coffee to help support St Francis Hospice in our goal to help individuals maintain independence at home with the help of our compassionate, qualified staff.”

Since its establishment in Blanchardstown, St Francis Hospice has made huge progress in bringing services to the community, meaning that patients do not have to travel to Raheny for hospice care or for out-patient services.

The hospice’s day care team consists of specially-trained doctors, nurses, social workers and chaplains who provide professional care and support to patients and their families in their own homes.

The day care programme also offers a place to meet other people in similar situations, whilst being cared for by a skilled interdisciplinary team. Hospice care focuses on all aspects of a patient’s life and well-being: physical, social, emotional, and spiritual.

The hospice team develops a care plan tailored to a patient’s individual needs, and provides all the necessary therapies, medical supplies, and equipment.

Typically, hospice care is provided at home and a family member acts as the primary caregiver, supported by professional medical staff.

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