On Friday, April 7, 2017, the Ipswitch Galway office hosted representatives from the Galway Hospice, presenting them with a check for €1,000, the result of a fun and unique fundraising effort.
For St. Patrick’s Day, the Ipswitch global community came together to support the local community in Galway by wearing green. Everything from shirts and hats to shamrock jewelry and Irish flags were counted! For each participant, the company donated $5 USD. It was a great day for everyone to come together in making a difference for our local community in Galway where Ipswitch is so proud to be celebrating the one year anniversary of our European Centre of Excellence.
Ipswitch chose the Galway Hospice as the charity because it is a very highly regarded and respected organization in the region and was immediately identified by staff as a cause close to them personally. Currently, they need to raise €1.6 million annually to fund the Home Care and Day Care Units where they support circa 190 patients.
Their multidisciplinary team now includes consultants in palliative medicine, medical registrars, medical officers, clinical nurse managers, staff nurses, healthcare assistants, auxiliary nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, complementary therapists and pastoral care. It is a consultant-led, patient-focused, staff-supported service that provides quality care to patients and support for patients’ families or caregivers.
“Galway Hospice is very grateful to the management and staff of Ipswitch who raised funds through their very novel fundraising event,” said Michael Craig, Fundraising Manager, at the Galway Hospice. “Demand for our services continues to grow year on year. We depend heavily on voluntary contributions to ensure the free availability of hospice services to patients throughout Galway city and county. In total in 2016, our Home Care team made 7,237 ‘Hospice at Home’ visits to patients in their own homes. There were 346 admissions to our 18-bed inpatient unit in Renmore and there were 1,324 attendances by patients at our Day Care Centre. There is no charge for the services provided by Galway Hospice.”
”Ipswitch is very committed to ensuring that all our employees make a positive contribution to the local communities where we live and work,” said John McArdle, EMEA Channel Director at Ipswitch. “We are pleased to be able to make this donation to the Galway Hospice, which for many people and for many years, has made significant contributions to individuals and families during very tough times in their lives. In particular, we commend all the staff and volunteers at the Galway Hospice who make such a huge difference to the people who avail of their services in the western region.”
The check was presented to the Galway Hospice by Joseph Krivickas, CEO of Ipswitch.