Nurses for Night Care

by Irish Hospice Foundation
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Sep 4, 2019

Nurses for Night Care - September Update 2019

  • What we have achieved in the last few months thanks to donors like you:

Faced with soaring demand for our Nurses for Night Care services, every year it gets harder and harder for us to meet the growing need. Put simply, without you, we’ll struggle to reach every patient who needs end-of-life night nursing care.

From January 2019 - August 2019 we have received 600 referrals. Thanks to your generosity we were there to deliver 1,225 nights of healthcare across the country.

Each night of care costs around €320 and this gives someone the choice and dignity to spend their final hours at home, with their loved ones and memories. The demand for this service increases rapidly every year...we couldn't have done it without you!


  • A real life story told by one of our nurses:

"I remember arriving at John’s house one cold night near the end…

John was very weak, and it took him while to get to the door. But when he did, at his heel, not even up to his ankles… stood Daisy. At over 6-feet-tall, John and his wee, fluffy, white dog made an adorably odd couple.

I got him back into bed and made sure he was as comfortable as could be under the dire circumstances. John told me how he rescued Daisy from a pound in Dublin almost a decade earlier. How it was love at first sight. And the arrangements he’d made for her once he was gone. His disease had taken almost all the fight left in him. John was weary…
Yet when he spoke about his little Daisy, his eyes danced with pure love.
It’s moments like this that make me so profoundly grateful…
Because for people facing their final days, your support means everything. It means comfort… kindness... dignity... and the right to choose how and where their one life ends. For John, it meant precious hours wrapped in all the love a little dog named Daisy could give him.”  – Mary, Nurse for Night Care, Ireland.   


  • How the service works

The nurses stay in the patient's home throughout the night, providing nursing care, practical help and reassurance to both patient and family. The service gives a significant support for families at a very difficult and stressing time in their lives.

The project will continue to be delivered in line with demand; to date there is no other service in Ireland which provides night nursing to people with a non-malignant illness. Thank you so much for supporting it!

If you would like to receive further information on our Nurses for Night Care programme, please do get in touch at

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Organization Information

Irish Hospice Foundation

Location: Dublin - Ireland
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @irishhospice
Project Leader:
Roisin Coulter
Senior Development Executive
Dublin, Ireland
$15,789 raised of $858,960 goal
493 donations
$843,171 to go
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