New Hospice fundraiser launched

Bank of Ireland recently launched a new fundraiser for Mayo Roscommon Hospice at its Roscommon branch, five years on from a successful charity fashion show which raised over €25,000 for the recently opened Hospice unit in the county town.

Speaking at the launch, BOI County Manager Anne Marie Beirne said the bank would be raffling a signed Roscommon senior football jersey and footballs over the next few weeks as part of its fundraising efforts.

Mayo Roscommon Hospice CEO Martina Jennings expressed her gratitude to Bank of Ireland staff as well as members of the public who had helped make the new €6.2 million Hospice a reality.

“The dream for the Mayo and Roscommon Hospices came from the Foundation’s board and our families,” she said.

“The Bank of Ireland Fashion Show fundraiser just over five years ago raised a lot of funds but also awareness, and triggered an awful lot of other fundraisers too”.

The Hospice CEO said that both Hospice units had received extraordinary backing from people in both counties and the Roscommon facility was now fully operational.

She said annual running costs amount to €1.9 million with the HSE contributing €1.6 million and Hospice fundraising covering the other €300,000. This year the Foundation also contributed a further €400,000 to cover equipment and fit-out costs. All of this money, she said, had been raised thanks to local donations.

Bank of Ireland’s Mayo Roscommon Manager, Michael Costello, paid tribute to Martina Jennings and Hospice Board member, Paul Foxe, and the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation and said Bank of Ireland’s four Roscommon branches were delighted to support the fundraising efforts this summer.