Second-level students and their teachers across the county have, over the years, consistently shown a great interest in, and a great respect for, the work of Galway Hospice. We have found that many students have come to know about Galway Hospice through family experience of the services, and they can immediately identify with what we do. As part of our “Schools Programme”, we offer talks on hospice care to schools across the county, and very often we benefit from fundraising events organised by the schools themselves. These activities are facilitated by very supportive School Principals and “class” (in every sense of the word) teachers. The relationships that are built-up with the students become enduring, and continue into adulthood.
As regards the type of fundraising events that schools organise for us, well – suffice to say that we have seen some very imaginative events over the years, from “bad hair days” to “crazy scarves days” to “no uniform days”, as well as bake sales, carol singing, coffee mornings, and one very inventive group raised funds by “buying their last class on a Friday”!!!! Many Transition Year students focus their attention on assisting local charities, and Galway Hospice has been the beneficiary on a number of occasions. We have also been the subject of a number of study projects, where a group of Transition Year students choose “hospice care” as a subject for their assignments, and in the process they learn a lot about the uniqueness of hospice care.
For our part, we offer the students and their teachers the opportunity of visiting the Hospice in Renmore to see our facilities at first hand and to learn about the day-to-day work of the team at Galway Hospice. Where it is not possible for schools to travel to Galway Hospice, we can arrange for a member of the hospice staff to visit the school / college to speak with the students, and in some cases to show a DVD on the services provided by the Hospice. For more information please contact Galway Hospice on 091-770868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org