Feb 12, 2016

Purple House Cancer Support Update

Achieving Greatness at Marathons
Achieving Greatness at Marathons

Hello,

Welcome to our first update of 2016.

We have just published our statistics for last year and the results show that more people are availing of our vital Cancer Support services, thanks to your generous support.

At the heart of our organisation is our walk in support service.  This is a service that allows anyone who has been affected by Cancer, to call in without an appointment and speak with one of our Support staff.

In 2015, we provided 2,060 Cancer Support Sessions through this service alone.  A Cancer diagnosis can turn a family's world upside down and we are here to help families rebuild their lives through our range of professional support services.

Our Counselling service provided 257 Counselling sessions during 2015 and we are fortunate here at Purple House to have a fantastic team of Counsellors who are available daily to meet anyone in need.

When a person is undergoing their Chemotherapy or Radiotherapy treatment in hospital, they can face difficulties in getting from their home to the hospital everyday for a period of 6 weeks or so.

To solve this problem, we have a Hospital Transport service run by a team of volunteers who are on call to drive people into their hospital appointments.

In 2015, our team of drivers provided 608 hospital transport trips, which ensured that people did not miss any of their Chemotherapy or Radiotherapy sessions.

Often times, a person with a serious illness such as Cancer, may feel alone while at home, perhaps when their partner is gone to work and the children are at school.  To tackle the issues of isolation, we offer a telephone support service and in 2015, we provided 2,521 telephone support calls to those in need.

'For the first time in 5 weeks, we could talk without crying, thanks to the team at Purple House' (A Purple House Client)

The above is only a small snapshot of the full range of services we provide to over 2,000 people per year throughout Leinster.

Have a read of our current newsletter to see more of our work.

Our work is only possible with your support and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support.

It is very much appreciated.

Until next time, THANK YOU!

Together We Support
Together We Support
Supporting Young People
Supporting Young People

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Nov 10, 2015

Our progress to date

Team Purple House
Team Purple House

Hello,

Since we last spoke to you, we have been busy at Purple House.  2015 is our 25th Anniversary.  A lot has happened over the past 25 years, we have gone from helping just 6 people in 1990 to over 2,000 people today, thanks to your support.

One of the people we support is 15 year old Mark who was diagnosed with Leukaemia, but who now is on the road to recovery.  Mark's mum Sarah highlights our support to Mark & the family:

'I am not going to dwell on the heartache and pain which we all endured as a family, as every family with a diagnosis of cancer goes through the same pain.  But this is a message of hope, but most of all, it's a thanks to all at Purple House Cancer Support for carrying me when there were days I felt I couldn't walk with despair.  For the reflexology for both Mark and me to ease our pain, for the cup of tea and the chats, but most of all for allowing me to cry, for not saying all will be ok and allowing me to go where I needed to go when nobody else understood.  There were many days I came to your door crying, but today I am smiling.'

On the occasion of our 25th Anniversary, a number of people have told us what Purple House means to them.  Take a moment to watch their inspiring responses here

As we look forward to the future of Purple House, we are very excited about what the next 25 years will bring.  With more and more people living with Cancer than ever before, the challenge for us is to ensure that everyone who needs support to live with the illness, has access to our services.

We can only do this, with your support and we hope you will stay by our side as we embark on the next phase of our journey.

Before we go, I would like to take you on a quick tour of Purple House, you can start the tour here.

Chat soon,

Conor

Purple House Young Ambassadors
Purple House Young Ambassadors
Community Support
Community Support
Jul 21, 2015

Community Impact Report

Purple House at The Groove Music Festival
Purple House at The Groove Music Festival

Hello,

As we are well into the Summer months, we feel now is a good time to update you on our current work and to show you the impact your donation is making to Purple House Cancer Support.

We have just published our service usage statistics for last year (2014) and they show that 2,033 people availed of our services during that year.

We are facing increasing demands on our services while also coping with the fact that we receive less than 20% Government funding and rely on your generous donations to fund our vital Cancer Support Services.  We thank you for your support.   Without you, we couldn't open our doors to those in need.

Also during 2014, 2,246 individual Cancer support services were provided to people who dropped in to our Drop-In Centre on Parnell Road in Bray.

Due to the fact that roughly half of the people availing of our services reside outside of the Bray area, we have established a monthly Cancer Support Clinic in Park House Dun Laoghaire to meet the needs of people affected by Cancer in the broader geographical area.

Also highlighted in the statistics, was the high usage of the Purple House Counselling service, our team of counsellors provided 359 individual sessions during 2014.  Again, only possible with your support.

Another practical service in demand, was our Hospital Transport Service.  A team of 12 volunteer drivers give up their time to drive people into hospital for their Cancer treatment.  This team provided 409 trips during 2014.

Speaking about the statistics, founder & CEO of Purple House Cancer Support, Veronica O’Leary says ‘The high level of our Service provision shows that Community Based Cancer Support Services forms an integrated part of the patients overall cancer care.

The Minister for Health Leo Vardkar has announced the next cancer strategy for 2016-2025 and has launched a Public Consultation Document. Copies are available from Purple House.

Purple House Cancer Support is represented on the Cancer Patient Forum by myself and reports to the Steering Group on the issues that cancer patients and their families experience on a daily basis. 

The increasing demand for community based services is a vindication of what we sought to achieve 25 years ago when we set up the 1st locally based cancer support centre in Ireland.’

For the full list of the Purple House 2014 statistics please visit www.purplehouse.ie

Young Ambassadors Programme:

Our team of Purple House Young Ambassadors have been busy this Summer, by attending various events to promote the importance of Cancer Awareness among the younger age groups, while also highlighting the services provided by Purple House Cancer Support.

To support this initiative, we have been giving out free sun cream (Thanks to Boots Ireland) and also UV indicator wristbands (Thanks to SmartSun UK).  The UV wristbands give you an indication of when to apply more sun cream or stay out of the sun altogether.

Finally, we would like to thank you for your support to date and we hope that we can continue to work together to support both children and adults affected by Cancer in your community.

Irish Rugby Coach Joe Schmidt with Purple House
Irish Rugby Coach Joe Schmidt with Purple House
Medtronic Ireland painting our family room
Medtronic Ireland painting our family room
Purple House Young Ambassadors Social Evening
Purple House Young Ambassadors Social Evening

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