In December 2020, Wicklow Hospice in Magheramore opened its in-patient unit becoming the first specialist palliative care facility in County Wicklow, providing in-patient care to those with life-limiting conditions. Operated by Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, (OLH&CS) it joins the 200-bed facility in Harold’s Cross and the 12-bed facility at Blackrock in Dublin, as part of the largest provider of specialist palliative care in Ireland.
Wicklow Hospice provides 15 in-patient public beds and a new base for the Specialist Community Palliative Care team. Its opening marks the culmination of ten years work by the local community and has been developed on a site donated by the Columban Sisters. When the service is fully up and running in the coming months, there will be just over 40 staff in a wide range of clinical and non-clinical roles. The HSE will meet the operational costs of the facility and fundraising for capital costs and enhancements for patients and families will be driven by OLH&CS.
However, we also rely on the support of the public as COVID-19 has impacted our fundraising by over 20% compared to the previous year. This comes at a time when we urgently need support to cover the bank loan of €2.75 million that was required to finish the building work and to provide the many holistic therapies that are an essential part of Hospice Care.
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Please contact Sinéad in Wicklow Hospice on 01 4068868 [email protected] for your fundraising toolkit and any help you may need with fundraising.
Please see below link to route, the course is looped so once for half and twice for full.