Actor Brendan Gleeson has called on coffee lovers in Offaly to ‘prepare’ in a bid to raise €1.5m for ‘life-affirming’ hospice services across Ireland.
The Hollywood star launched Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning Social for Hospice which has raised more than 41.5 million euros since its inception and celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
He joined Hospice hosts and volunteers at Bewley’s iconic cafe on Grafton St., urging hosts to get creative with their morning coffee and host an event next Thursday, September 22. looks beyond your illness and sees you as a whole person – with wishes, goals, hobbies and interests,” said the legendary actor, whose late parents were treated at the St Francis Hospice in Dublin.
Gleeson, 67, whose latest film, The Banshees of Inisherin, is due out in October, insisted that patients are “cared for so well, allowing them to live as full and independent lives as possible, for as long as possible. It takes great courage for patients and families to access palliative care services to ensure that the needs of their loved ones are met at this important time in their lives. In my experience, palliative care values and enriches life.
“This year we really want to see the people of Offaly get creative with their events and coffee creations and take time with loved ones to help make this the best year yet.”
Together for Hospice, the National Hospice Movement represents 26 specialist hospice and palliative home care providers who support patients and their families across the country. Funds raised locally stay local and flow back into each local hospice service, helping to pay for medical and general staff, hospice beds, home care visits, specialized equipment and new hospice construction. Communities across Offaly are invited to simply gather a group on Thursday 22nd September and make coffee your way, to help raise much needed funds to support the work of the Offaly Hospice Foundation.
Mary Murphy, Fundraiser at the Offaly Hospice Foundation, said: “We are delighted that Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning Social for Hospice is back for another year raising funds to support hospital services and Hospice communities in Ireland. The continued support of this campaign over the past 30 years is a testament to the generosity of our hosts, donors, ambassadors and our longtime sponsor Bewley’s. The funds raised each year by the Irish public enable us to continue to provide vital support to patients and their families every day. »
Jason Doyle, managing director of Bewley’s Ireland & UK, called the 30-year partnership with Hospice “very special”. “After a tough few years for fundraising, we hope people across Ireland will dig deep and make this a pivotal year for Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning Social for Hospice,” he said. “At the heart of our business is a commitment to caring for people and communities, so we urge everyone to host a coffee morning to help support the incredible work Hospice does every day.”
*Register to host a coffee morning on Thursday, September 22, or on a date that suits you, at: www.hospicecoffeemorning.ie or contact Mary Murphy in Main Street Tullamore on 057 9328634 or email [email protected] Guests receive a complimentary Coffee Morning Pack containing Bewley coffee, posters and invitations.