There is a great excuse to dust off the best china and invite some friends around this Thursday September 15, for Laois Hospice’s annual big coffee morning.
The event is one of hundreds nationwide on the day, for Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning, sponsored by Bewley’s, with each €2 per coffee going to local hospice services.
Laois has been hugely supportive of the hopice fundraiser in the past, with events big and small, held in parish centres, businesses and private homes across the county.
Chairman of Laois Hospice Seamus O’Donoghue, hope this year will be as well supported as ever.
“It’s very popular, in Portlaoise the Parish Centre will host a big morning, with many others in the main towns, but the whole county has been very supportive. Some places make their own cakes and buns to enhance the day, and a lot of people do it in their own homes. People can also arrange it on a different day, whenever it suits best,” Mr O’Donoghue said.
In the light of recent revelations about other charity directors on big salaries, he is anxious to.assure the Laois public that every cent raised for Laois Hospice goes directly to the care and support of people who are in the end stage of cancer.
“Our committee and all people associated with it work on a voluntary capacity and do not take any remuneration or expenses, nor do the people who hold collections for us,” Mr O’Donoghue said.
Laois Hospice fills in the gap left by HSE budget shortfalls he said.
“Because of our good housekeeping and the support we are given, we are able to fill that shortfall, but we are very careful how we spend the money the public has raised,” he said.
Laois Hospice part pays for Laois’ palliative care team, and covers the costs of anything people need in their home, like special mattresses, or night nurse care.
In the past it has also funded the cost of hospice beds in hospitals around Laois.
For the past 18 months Laois Hospice has been running a programme in the Cuisle Centre for people at end stages of cancer.
It covers a range of therapies, as well as transport to and from the Portlaoise based centre.
“We exist to offer comfort and dignity to people who are at end stage cancer. Whatever people’s needs, we will never be found wanting,” he said.
Among the current cases being funded by Laois Hospice is a husband who has been a carer for his wife who has dementia, and now himself is at end stage cancer.
“Until the state comes in to assist them, Laois Hospice is covering their costs,” Mr O’Donoghue said.
He is grateful for the county wide support of Laois Hospice, since it was founded in 1989.
“I am very grateful to all the volunteers who have helped us, and anyone who ever hosted a coffee morning,” he said.
To host a coffee morning or evening this Thursday, contact Seamus O’Donoghue at 086 8709311 for a supply of fresh ground Bewley’s coffee.