'Your generosity can help us fund our Home Care Services and In-Patient Facility which provides care, compassion and privacy for people and their families journeying through cancer.'
The Kerry Hospice Foundation provides Specialist Palliative Care Services to people suffering with cancer and life threatening illnesses. Our major project for the last three to five years was the construction of a new 15 bed In-Patient Unit to enhance the quality of life and care for cancer patients in Kerry.
Since the In-Patient Unit opened in December last year, 50 patients have gone through this service. Additionally, our Home Care Team have made 200 visits to patients, enabling people with cancer to remain in their homes for as long as possible. This year we urgently need your support to sustain these vital services.
Help us continue to make a life-changing difference for people with cancer this year:
- €100,000 will sustain the running of our Day Care service
- €400,000 will help fund the continued running of our In-Patient Care Unit
My name is Andrea O'Donoghue and I am currently the PRO of the Kerry Hospice Foundation. The main reason I got involved in the Kerry Hospice Foundation was because I saw first hand the wonderful care that is provided within all aspects of the Kerry Palliative Care Services. My dad was only 65 years when he died after a very brief cancer illness and one that shook our whole family. Early April 2014 was when my dad and I first came across the amazing Palliative Care Unit in Tralee along with the many caring, kind and most passionate people one could meet. Dr. Sheahan along with her team had a special way of making my dad feel like he was the only person they were caring for in their busy day. In what was a tough few months for all of us not only did they look after dad but they managed to make our journey which was a hard one more bearable.
Unfortunately roll on late August and dad was too sick to be cared for at home so he was put in a six bedded ward where he spent what was left of his life. After spending a week in a general ward his last few days were in a private room on the general ward but still lacked a bit of privacy. Again the staff on this ward were amazing and we could not have been happier with the care he received.
Not long after dad died I jointed Kerry Hospice Foundation and did a fundraiser in his memory raising funds for this fantastic cause which Ted Moynihan is at the helm. I saw first hand the need for a new in-patient unit and the want of some privacy at this very hard time for all concerned. I like many was there when my dad passed, I held his hand in a private room and had to leave him and come to a very public place to break the news to other family members. The funds KHF are raising on a daily basis are to keep all these services going. Now the new In-Patient Unit provides families with great privacy to spend the last few hours/days with their loved ones.
We are extremely lucky in Kerry to have such wonderful services and this down to the people of Kerry who continue to support Kerry Hospice Foundation.
As our found Ted Moynihan always said 'I hope you will never need Kerry Hospice but Kerry Hospice will always need you.'