We are Irish Hospice Foundation. Every death matters and we only have one chance to get it right. We are working to ensure the best end-of-life and bereavement care, for all. From advocacy and education, to our vital services like Nurses for Night Care and our Bereavement Support Line, we believe in the importance of dying well and grieving well wherever the place.

Nurses for Night Care 

We fund Nurses for Night Care for people dying with illnesses other than cancer. Nurses for Night Care enable people with diseases like dementia, motor neurone disease, heart failure and end stage kidney disease to receive expert nursing care and support at night in their own homes in their final days. The nurses provide night nursing care, practical support and reassurance for the person and for their families in the last days of their life.

2020 saw the highest demand for the service since it was established in 2006, 817 people were supported and 2434 nights nursing care were delivered across Ireland.  Nurses for Night Care continues to support and care for people throughout the pandemic, across all counties, and despite the challenges of caring during COVID, expert care and support is delivered to people dying at home and their families. About €900,000 is needed to fund the service in 2021. Voluntary funds like those raised through the Great Irish Bike Ride are vital in making this care a reality.

Aware is the national organisation providing support, education and information services for those impacted by depression, bipolar disorder and other mood-related conditions. Founded in 1985 the organisation was developed in response to the clear need for information, understanding and support, both for individuals with a diagnosis of depression or bipolar disorder as well as family members supporting a loved one.

The organisation has grown and flourished into a nationwide presence providing a wide range of free services to individuals and communities throughout Ireland today. These services include a Support Line, Support Mail and Support & Self Care Groups, along with a range of positive mental health programmes, designed to empower people with the skills and tools to look after their mental health.

Aware saw a significant and sustained increase in demand for our services in 2020, with the organisation supporting over 50,000 people via our support and education services, and over 1m people accessing our website for information and resources. As Aware only receives approximately 25% in State funding each year, we rely heavily on the support of the public, community and corporate organisations to ensure that we can continue to serve the Irish public with free support, education and information supports, regardless of the circumstances.

Thank you for choosing to support Aware’s work and best of luck to all the participants competing in the Dublin Bike Ride challenge.