Mayo Roscommon Hospice Palliative Care Service will be our main charity partner this year at ‘The Yew Tree Ball’ on Saturday 9 February at Dublin’s Ballsbridge Hotel, and all monies raised from our Bumper Raffle on the night will be donated to this very worthy charity, which is currently working on the development of two new palliative care units for both Castlebar and Roscommon Town.

The building of its state-of-the-art 14-bed hospice unit is underway in Castlebar. Described as a “long and challenging road to make it this far”, CEO Martina Jennings said they’re delighted that this dream is now becoming a reality.

“All going according to schedule, we will open the doors to the general public in late April/early May 2019,” according to Martina. When that happens, we will have the only unit of its kind here in the West of Ireland, built completely from fund-raised revenue. The cost of completion is projected at €10 million and, although it is a huge challenge for our little organisation, we are confident that we will see it through to completion on schedule and on budget. We have been working hard over the last number of years and we have already built up a reserve fund,” she added.

Martina Jennings, CEO of Mayo Roscommon Hospice, with Mayo Association Dublin’s President Eddie Melvin and Chairperson Julie Doyle at the press reception on 17 January.

Martina said that as soon as the Castlebar Hospice Unit is complete, building works will start on an eight-bed Specialist Palliative Care Hospice in Roscommon (beside Roscommon County Hospital). “Again this project will be built solely from fund-raised revenue and is due to come in at cost of €5 million. These units are an absolute necessity for the people of Mayo and Roscommon and the sad reality is that if our Foundation does not commit to building these state-of-the-art units, it simply would not happen.”

As well as funding the cost of these two units, Mayo Roscommon Hospice Palliative Care Service will continue to fund the Palliative Home Care Service across the region, at a cost of €1.2 million annually. “This is a vital service in the local community and one of which we are so very proud,” the chief executive pointed out.