The 2024 charity partner is Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation.
Mayo Roscommon Hospice achieved global attention in April 2023 when U.S. President Joe Biden made a personal visit to the Castlebar-based Mayo Hospice. His relative, Laurita Blewitt, works with the Hospice and Biden has had a long association with the facility after attending the site's ground-breaking ceremony in 2017. He also sent a video message on its opening in November 2021, and a plaque has been laid at the entrance in memory of his late son Beau. For many of us living in Mayo and Roscommon the incredible work of the Hospice Foundation is well-known, but it was wonderful to see it gain wider recognition. Read on for more details of this vital project and learn why fundraising donations are so important.
How you can get involved.
Participants are, of course, free to use the Achill Half Marathon & 10K to raise funds for whatever cause is close to you. But our designated charity for 2024 is Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation. You can get involved in two ways:
Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation was founded in 1992. Before the Foundation was established there were no specialist services for terminally ill patients in Mayo and Roscommon. People were often sent home from the hospital and many suffered difficult and painful deaths. In 1992, thanks to the foresight and dedication of a small group of people, the Foundation was established as a voluntary organisation to help provide Hospice/Palliative Care Services in the two Counties.
Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation agreed to work in association with the Western Health Board (now HSE West) in an effort to meet the Service needs. The Service covers an area of 3,143 sq. miles with a population of 194,000 (Mayo approx. 130,000 and Roscommon 64,000). The Foundation, with the loyal support of the public, continues to fund the service in association with HSE West. Every year we fund approx 50% of the existing Service costs and to build two Hospices in Mayo and Roscommon.
In 2019 the Mayo Hospice was completed at a cost of €9m, all of which came from fundraised income. We will continue to fund services within the Mayo Hospice through fundraising.
In March 2020 construction began on the Roscommon Hospice. This will be an 8-bed inpatient facility with full daycare services and is due for completion in July 2021. Again the €6m cost of construction will come from fundraised income.
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