Galway Hospice is in line to receive an additional funding of €2 million towards the cost of their expansion, which is currently taking place at their premises in Renmore.
This funding will allow the hospice to open the additional six specialist inpatient rooms, without delay. It will also enable the hospice to expand its home care and daycare services to cope with increasing demand.
Mary Nash, CEO of Galway Hospice said, “We are currently looking after 168 patients at home. In total last year, we looked after 605 patients at home and we expect this number to increase to over 700 in 2015.”
She went on to say that the hospice is receiving an increasing number of referrals from acute general hospitals and the funding announcement will allow the hospice to hire the additional personnel required to meet this demand.
The additional funding announced however, will not ease the pressure on the hospice’s fundraising team who need to raise €5,000 per day to fund the cost of the existing home care and daycare services.
“Last year hospice staff made 5,554 ‘Hospice at Home’ visits and, there were 1,185 attendances at daycare for a range of therapeutic treatments, as well as medical and nursing assessments. Without the continuing generosity of the people of Galway, these services would simply cease to exist,” said Michael Craig, Fundraising Manager.
The hospice recently announced that agreement was reached with the HSE for the purchase of 14 acres at Merlin Park. This will see the building of a large, future-proofed hospice for Galway.
“We will be launching a capital fundraising initiative later his year and hope that the people of Galway and the Galway Diaspora will assist us in raising the capital cost of that venture. We have received phenomenal support over the past 25 years and the people of Galway have donated over €33 million to support our work. We are confident that this support will continue in this next exciting phase of our development,” said Ms Nash.