Wicklow households and businesses urged to support Hospice superheroes

Wicklow households and businesses are being asked to support a nationwide army of ‘superheroes’ aiming to raise €2million during Ireland’s biggest coffee morning.

A legion of volunteers throughout the country will be fundraising for Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning Social for Hospice – a charitable phenomenon which has raised €43.2million since 1992.

The official event day is September 21, and people across Wicklow are being asked to join the cause and host a coffee morning of their own, or if they cannot host, donate. 

Hollywood star Domhnall Gleeson joined the initiative, urging people across the country to support ‘extraordinary’ hospice services.

“There’s a focus on creating a connection and patients are not just a problem to be solved on the way to the next problem along the corridor,” he told the launch of the fundraiser at Bewley’s Grafton Street café in Dublin.

“Each person’s journey is different, and each one matters to the people working there.

“I don’t know how they do it; there is an incredible giving of oneself.

“So I am asking everyone in Wicklow on September 21, or whenever suits them, to organise, support or donate to a coffee morning, wherever it might be held.”

Supported by Bewley’s since 1992, the national fundraising drive has so far raised over €43.2million.

Together for Hospice, The National Hospice Movement, represents 26 Hospice and specialist palliative home care providers supporting patients and their families.

Funds raised locally stay local and go back into each hospice to innovate, build new facilities, develop new services and deliver quality improvements and extra benefits for their patients and family members. 

Communities right across Wicklow are urged to simply gather a group on September 21 to help raise much needed funds to support the work of Wicklow Hospice Foundation, Wicklow.

Mary Flanagan, of Wicklow Hospice Foundation, said: “We are delighted Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning Social for Hospice, which is one of Ireland’s longest and most loved fundraisers, is now entering its fourth decade of raising funds in support of Hospice in-patient and community services around Ireland. 

“It is a chance to celebrate our many coffee morning hosts across the county, who are an incredible testament to the dedication and committed nature of Hospice supporters in local communities.

“This ongoing support is invaluable and funds vital services and quality initiatives enhancing care for patients living with a life limiting illness.”

Register now to host a coffee morning on September 21 – or on a date that suits you – at hospicecoffeemorning.ie or call 0818 995 996.  If you cannot host or attend one, you can make a donation at hospicecoffeemorning.ie/donate

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