Raising funds for Home Care Team

PEOPLE from all walks of life are being asked to take part in a coffee morning to help raise funds for the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team.

PEOPLE from all walks of life are being asked to take part in a coffee morning to help raise funds for the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team.

Cups will be clinking around the city and county on September 15 when people in workplaces, their homes and organisations will come together to create the country’s biggest coffee morning, which is hoped will raise €2 million nationally.

The event is sponsored by Bewley’s who will provide complimentary coffee packs and all money raised locally will stay in the area and go directly back to fund local palliative home care services.

Mr Ian Wilson, Chairperson Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team stated: “We are very dependent on the funds raised through the coffee morning. Community support is the backbone of our local service and is absolutely essential, particularly in this difficult economic climate. Without public support and contributions, Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team would struggle to deliver the care, comfort and dignity that families require at the most vulnerable time in their lives. We would appeal to the community to, once again, support our coffee morning on September 15 by either hosting a coffee morning or supporting an event that is already taking place. It’s not only a great opportunity to get together with friends, families, colleagues over a cup of coffee but it also raises vital funds for your local home care service.”

The Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team is a voluntary organisation established in 1988 to provide a home-based palliative nursing care service to cancer patients in the counties of Carlow and Kilkenny.

The Home Care Team currently employs five nursing staff to provide this service on a 24-hour seven day week basis allowing cancer patients to remain at home for as long as possible.

The service works in close cooperation with the General Practitioner and Public Health Nursing Services in the community and referrals are generally made through the patient’s GP. Referrals can also be made through the hospital-based oncology and palliative care units.

The service deals with an average of 200 clients per year.

Registration advice and details on how to get your special complimentary Bewley’s fresh ground coffee pack can be obtained by contacting Ann Boyle Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team at St Luke’s General Hospital Kilkenny on 056 7784114.