Jacqueline Gildea's Event:Galway Memorial Walk 2011 in aid of Galway Hospice
Date: 11-09-2011

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Hey Guys,

Thanks for visiting my personal fundraising page. The Galway Hospice Foundation charity is a very worthy cause and I would very much appreciate your support in helping me to raise funds for this charity. I'm doing the memorial walk in memory of our little angel Eimear Louise who sadly left our lives in 2002.

Please read a few words about the charity that I have chosen to support below. You can donate using the "sponsor me now" button below via credit or debit card. You can be assured that your transaction on the mycharity.ie website is very secure. You will automatically receive an e-mail from me thanking you for your support, and acknowledging the amount of your donation. Any donation no matter how small is hugely appreciated.

Many thanks in advance for your support,


Galway Hospice Foundation

The Galway Hospice Foundation is a voluntary organisation. It was established in 1986 when a group of local doctors and nurses came together with a view to developing hospice services for the people of Galway city and county, as no such services existed there at the time.

Initially the Foundation researched the need for this service among Health Care professionals and, having received a positive response, set about raising the funds for the provision of a Home Care Service initially, with the aim of following with Inpatient, Day Care and support services as resources allowed.

The Home Care Service was launched in January 1990 with an initial team of one doctor, one full-time and one part-time nurse. Since then the team has grown to two doctors, ten Clinical Nurse Specialists, Social Workers and Pastoral Care. The service is available 7 days per week, 365 days per year.

While the majority of patients cared for by the Galway Hospice team express the wish to remain at home, and with the support of the Home Care Service are able to do so, there are patients who, for a variety of reasons, may not. Some patients' symptoms may be difficult to control in the community, carers may need a period of respite, and sometimes patients may not have the support systems to allow them to remain in their own homes throughout their illness.

In order to answer the needs of those particular patients, the Galway Hospice Foundation, in 1992, set about raising the capital cost of a purpose built facility incorporating In-patient, Day Care and support services. The cost which was approx. €2.6 million (a very sizeable sum at that time) was raised totally through voluntary subscriptions from the community, business, farming and professional sectors of Galway city and county and also through individual donations from far and wide.

In 1997, funding from the Western Health Board (now HSE West) was received for the running costs of the Inpatient Unit, allowing the first patients to be admitted in December of that year. Patients are admitted for either symptom control, respite, psychological support, end of life care or a combination of these. The usual length of stay is approximately two weeks, though this is reviewed on an individual basis.

At the Hospice, the multidisciplinary team includes a Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Medical Officers, Clinical Nurse Managers, Staff Nurses, Auxiliary Nurses, Pastoral Care and Social Workers. Day Care opened in 1998, with patients coming from home to meet one another in a social rather than clinical environment, and to be clinically reviewed by the multidisciplinary team. Many enjoy availing of the services of hairdresser, massage therapist, physiotherapist, reflexologist and other therapists available within the Day Care Unit.

My Online Sponsors to Date

Name Date Type Amount Comment
Niamh Dunne 13-09-2011 Donation €50.00 In loving memory of baby Eimear Louise lots of love Niamh, Wes & ├Źna xxx
Anonymous 13-09-2011 Donation €20.00 Well done Jacqui! Fionnuala
Fiona Lowry 12-09-2011 Donation €5.00 Sorry couldnt join you on the day. Well done. Love Orla Roche
Fiona Lowry 12-09-2011 Donation €20.00 Well done on a organising the event . It was lovely to be a part of it.Fiona and Seamus
Robert Mccormack 09-09-2011 Donation €20.00 Besta luck jacq from rob,nic n mia :)
Paul Condron 08-09-2011 Donation €20.00 Best of luck Jacqueline
Trish Kelly 07-09-2011 Donation €10.00 Will b thinkin of u Sunday, lotsa luv always, Trish xx
Rachael Malone 07-09-2011 Donation €10.00 Best of luck,thinking of you and the family xxx
Nuala Roche 07-09-2011 Donation €20.00 Good luck - will be thinking of you and your little angel Eimear on the day xx