Hospice Coffee Morning together with Bewley’s returns for its 28th year
Host a socially distanced or virtual coffee morning and raise funds for your local hospice on Thursday 24th September
20th August 2020: Today, Together for Hospice, which consists of fundraising representatives of Hospice and specialist palliative homecare services throughout the country have launched this year’s Hospice Coffee Morning together with Bewley’s. The campaign is celebrating its 28th year and Hospices nationwide together with long-standing partner Bewley’s, are calling on the Irish public to host a coffee morning on Thursday 24th September to help raise vital funds for their local hospice.
This year due to COVID 19 restrictions, coffee morning hosts are encouraged to host socially distanced or virtual coffee mornings to ensure the safety of attendees and that government guidelines* are adhered to. It is hoped that this year’s events, whether held in small groups in homes or virtually with colleagues and friends, will raise much needed funds for hospices across Ireland, to meet growing demands for the services.
Journalist and broadcaster, Sharon Ní Bheoláin, officially launched this year’s campaign, which is asking people across the country to support this important initiative by hosting a socially distanced or virtual coffee morning. Those who cannot attend coffee morning can simply text COFFEE to 50300 donate €4 to support, with every euro raised locally staying locally, supporting local hospice and homecare services and helping give patients the best quality of life during their illness. (Text costs €4. Hospice Coffee Morning Together with Bewley’s will receive a minimum of €3.60. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 6805278.)
In 2019 the fundraising drive reached a huge milestone raising over €2 million. Since its inception in 1992, Hospice Coffee Morning together with Bewley’s has raised over €39 million for local hospices and specialist palliative homecare services nationwide. The vital funds raised have enabled local hospice groups to fund front line staff such as nurses and healthcare assistants who provide specialist, high quality and loving care to patients and their families, fund on-going facility enhancements as well as purchasing crucial equipment.
Ambassador Sharon Ní Bheoláin commented, “I’m delighted to be involved with this year’s Hospice Coffee Morning together with Bewley’s. It has been a difficult few months for many and I really wanted to help shine a light on the great work of hospices nationwide. It is crucial that we continue to support fundraising events like this and raise vital funds for hospice and specialist palliative care services across the country”.
Fintan Fagan, CEO at St. Francis Hospice and Together for Hospice Spokesperson said, “This year has been a challenging year for all of us, and as local organisations that rely so heavily on fundraising our efforts continue to be severely affected by COVID-19. As with all frontline organisations, the pandemic poses a massive challenge to our services for vulnerable patients and their families. The money raised through Hospice Coffee Morning Together with Bewley’s, is crucial to ensuring that we continue to meet each individual patient’s needs and to support their families and loved ones. The success of the campaign over the last 28 years is testament to the support from our coffee morning hosts, donors, ambassadors and our long-time sponsor Bewley’s”.
Jason Doyle, Managing Director at Bewley’s Ireland & UK said, “It’s been a privilege for Bewley’s to be involved with Hospice Coffee Morning together with Bewley’s for the past 28 years. Last year we reached a major milestone in our fundraising and to date have raised over €39 million for local hospices across Ireland. Caring for people and the community is at the heart of Bewley’s and this is very much aligned with the services local hospices provide for its communities. 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 24th 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 Hospice Coffee Morning Together with Bewley’s on Thursday 24th September 2020 by:
- Hosting a Virtual Coffee Morning
- Hosting a Socially distanced Coffee Morning with a small group of family or friends
- If you can’t host or attend a coffee morning, please consider making a donation to your local hospice
- Text COFFEE to 50300 to donate €4
(Text costs €4. Hospice Coffee Morning Together with Bewley’s will receive a minimum of €3.60. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 6805278.)
* Stay Safe – no matter what type of Coffee Morning you host – please always remember to stay safe
and adhere to the current HSE and Government COVID-19 guidelines. Please visit www.hse.ie to see
the most up to date guidance.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Bewley’s is one of the largest coffee roasters in the UK and Ireland. The company has crafted tea and coffee for generations, with present-day operations across the globe in Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Bewley’s has always and continues to be a leader in the provision of tea and coffee solutions to the foodservice and retail sectors. In Ireland Bewley’s is the market leader in the supply of hot beverage solutions with over 4,000 hotels, restaurants and cafes serving Bewley’s tea and coffee. You can find Bewley’s award winning products in most supermarkets and convenience stores around the country.
Bewley’s is at the forefront of Irish coffee culture and was the first to import Fairtrade coffee into Ireland, the first to introduce Cup of Excellence coffees, the first to introduce latte art, the first to roast coffee in-store and the first Carbon Neutral coffee roastery in Ireland.
About Hospice Care
Hospice Care or ‘specialist palliative care’ focuses on supporting people of all ages to live well with an illness that is life limiting and enabling them to achieve the best quality of life possible. It is about treating every patient with dignity and respect, helping them to plan for the future, whilst also supporting families and loved ones. As a national movement, we support approximately 12,000 patients and their families every year. As our population ages, the demand for specialist hospice and palliative homecare services is increasing, while at the same time the financial support hospices receive from the State has continued to reduce. This means that hospices have to do more with less and fundraising plays a vital role in the delivery of these specialist services.
About Together for Hospice – The National Hospice Movement:
Together for Hospice is the national fundraising body for 26 independent Specialist Hospice and Palliative Care providers in Ireland, including both in-patient and community services. Together for Hospice exists to support and enable these frontline services to fundraise collectively at a national level. Our biggest and most important fundraising campaign of the year is Hospice Coffee Morning Together with Bewley’s.
Please see Together for Hospice members nationwide listed below:
Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services (Harold’s Cross, Blackrock, Wicklow), St. Francis Hospice (Blanchardstown, Raheny), Milford Care Centre (Limerick) Galway Hospice Foundation, North West Hospice, Kerry Hospice Foundation, Mayo / Roscommon Hospice, The Clare Hospice at Cahercalla, Marymount University Hospital and Hospice (Cork), East Meath Hospice Association, Laois Hospice, Longford Hospice Homecare, Meath Hospice Homecare, North Louth Hospice Homecare, North Westmeath Hospice, North Tipperary Hospice Movement, Wexford Hospice Homecare, Waterford Hospice, Youghal Community Hospital and Hospice, St. Brigid’s Hospice (Kildare), Donegal Hospice, South Westmeath Hospice, South Tipperary Hospice Movement, Offaly Hospice Foundation.